Republican Party of India

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Republican Party of India
रिपब्लिकन पार्टी ऑफ इंडिया
Founded 3 October 1957
Preceded by Scheduled Castes Federation
Student wing Republican Student Federation of India
Ideology Dalit Buddhist movement
Dalit nationalism
Anti-Casteism
International affiliation None
Colours Blue

The Republican Party of India (RPI) is a political party in India.[1] It has its roots in the Scheduled Castes Federation led by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. The 'Training School for Entrance to Politics' was established by Dr. Ambedkar in 1956 which was to serve as an entry point to the Republican Party of India (RPI).[2] The first batch of the school consisted of 15 students. Its first batch turned out to be last batch as the school was closed after Dr. Ambedkar's demise in 1956.

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During the recent years RPI suffered severe internal strife.[3] Several distinct parties claim the name of RPI.[4] There are more than 50 factions of RPI. In 2009, all factions of RPI except Prakash Ambedkar's Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangha reunited to form a united "Republican Party of India (United)". Later, Republican Party of India (Gavai) split again from the united party. Splinter groups of RPI include:

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