B. D. Khobragade

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B. D. Khobragade
Rajabhau Khobragade 2009 stamp of India.jpg
Khobragade 2009 stamp of India
3rd Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha
In office
17 December 1969 – 2 April 1972
Preceded byViolet Alva
Succeeded byGodey Murahari
Member of the Rajya Sabha for Maharashtra
In office
3 April 1958 – 2 April 1984
Personal details
Born(1925-09-25)25 September 1925[1]
Chandrapur, Bombay Presidency, British India (present-day Maharashtra, India)
Died9 April 1984(1984-04-09) (aged 58)
Political party • Republican Party of India
 • All Indian Republican Party अखिल भारतीय रिपब्लिकन पक्ष
Indumati Khobragade
  • Devaji Bapu Khobragade (father)
  • Indirabai Khobragade (mother)
  • Lawyer
  • Social activist
  • Politician

Bhaurao Dewaji Khobragade (25 September 1925 – 9 April 1984), commonly known as Rajabhau Khobragade, was an Indian barrister, Ambedkarite social activist and politician. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha of the Parliament of India at various times from 1958 to 1984. He was Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha from 1969 to 1972.[2] Khobragade was an Ambedkarite and leader of Republican Party of India (RPI).[3][4][5][6] He hails from Mahar (Scheduled Caste) community and, in 1956 he got converted into Buddhism along with B. R. Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution.[3][5][7]

Khobragade had his early education at Jubilee High School, Chandrapur. He then went on to clear the Inter Science exam from Nagpur Science College in 1943 and B.A. exam from Morris College, Nagpur in 1945. On the advice of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, he went to London to study law in 1950. He was one of the 16 students Dr. Ambedkar sent to London to study but was an exception as he went to London bearing his own expenses and the rest were scholarship students.[7]

The [All Indian Republican Party] (अखिल भारतीय रिपब्लिकन पक्ष)] is a political party in India, a splinter group of the Republican Party of India and named for its leader, B. D. Khobragade. Barrister Rajabhau Khobragade Grandson Rajas Khobragade leading his movement.[3][5]


Indian Post issued a stamp dedicated to Khobragade in 2009.[8]


  1. ^ Remembering Rajabhau Khobragade, a revolutionary leader. Round Table India.
  2. ^ "Biographical Sketches of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha" (PDF). p. 1.
  3. ^ a b c "गटातटांत विखुरलेला रिपब्लिकन पक्ष". Lokmat. 26 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Khobragade faction of RPI supports NDA | Nagpur News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  5. ^ a b c वृत्तसेवा, सकाळ (3 October 2019). "रिपब्लिकन पक्ष उभारण्याचा संकल्प बाबासाहेबांचाच". eSakal (in Marathi). Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Dr Ambedkar and Politics of Caste - Mainstream". www.mainstreamweekly.net.
  7. ^ a b Kamble, Dipankar. "Remembering Rajabhau Khobragade, a revolutionary leader". Round Table India.
  8. ^ "Postage Stamps:: Postage Stamps,Stamp issue calender 2014, Paper postage, Commemorative and definitive stamps, Service Postage Stamps, Philately Offices, Philatelic Bureaux and counters, Mint stamps". postagestamps.gov.in.