Dadasaheb Rupwate

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Dadasaheb Rupwate
Cabinet Minister Of Housing, Social Welfare , Cultural Affairs, Fisheries and Slum Development Government of Maharashtra
In office
In office
Member of Maharashtra Legislative Council
In office
Personal details
Born28 February 1925
Maharashtra, India
Died23 July 1999
Maharashtra, India
Political party
OccupationActivist , Journalist , Legislator

Damodar Tatyaba Rupwate (28 February 1925 – 23 July 1999), commonly known as Dadasaheb Rupwate was an Indian politician, Ambedkarite social activist and newspaper editor from Maharashtra.[1] Initially he was a member of the Scheduled Caste Federation and the Republican Party of India, and later the Indian National Congress.[1] Dadasaheb Rupwate was a colleague and follower of B. R. Ambedkar, human rights leader.[1][2]

He was a founder-member of the Republican Party of India (1957). He was a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council for the period 1968 to 1978. He served as twice Cabinet Minister State of Maharashtra for the period 1972 to 1975 and 1977 to 1978; and He had Departments: Social Welfare, Housing, Cultural, Fisheries, Slum Development.[1][2] He was the general secretary of All India Congress Committee.[3] He is a committee members of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar: Writing and Speeches, a 22-volume series.[4][5]

He was an editor of weekly "Prabuddha Bharat" and Marathi Encyclopedia, Vai (1962–1966). He was a sub-editor of "The Republican" (1960–1962). He was a trustee of weekly "Sadhana" Trust (1968 – 1978 and from 1997 onwards).[1] Inspired by Ambedkar's Dalit Buddhist movement, Rupwate and his family converted to Buddhism in 1956.[6][7][8] His son Premanand Rupwate was a social activist and politician.[2][7][8]

Dadasaheb Rupwate Vidyalay And Junior College, in Ahmednagar is named after him.[9]


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  2. ^ a b c "Its Shirdi LS nominee convicted, Sena eyes Ambedkar aide's son to do the fighting". 23 March 2014.
  3. ^ Merchant, Minhaz (14 March 2014). "Maharashtra: Sharad Pawar's problems". India Today. Archived from the original on 8 February 2021.
  4. ^ Mhaske, Chandrakant Laxman (2021). "Social and political work of Dadasaheb Rupwate" (PDF). International Journal of Political Science and Governance. 3 (2): 6–7. doi:10.33545/26646021.2021.v3.i2a.93. eISSN 2664-603X. ISSN 2664-6021. S2CID 259607344.
  5. ^ "Our Mission, India Once Again A Buddhist Nation !".
  6. ^ "कालकथित दादासाहेब रुपवते स्मृतिदिनानिमित्त विशेष कार्यक्रमाचे आयोजन".
  7. ^ a b "ज्येष्ठ आंबेडकरी कार्यकर्ते प्रेमानंद रुपवते यांचे निधन". Maharashtra Times.
  8. ^ a b Pawar, J. V. (14 April 2018). "How India's Dalits had to cope when the backlash began after Ambedkar's death".
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