Name of the Event: Pongal Celebrations
Date of event & Duration: 07/01/2017
Venue: Inside Campus
Brief write-up of the Guest:
Ramdas Bandu Athawale (born 25 December 1959) is an Indian politician from Maharashtra. A Dalit Buddhist, he is the founder–leader of the Republican Party of India (A), an Ambedkarite party. Currently, he is Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in the Narendra Modi government, and represents Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India’s Parliament. Previously he was the Lok Sabha MP from Pandharpur.
Athawale was born to Bandhu Athawale and Smt. Honsabai Athawale in Agalgaon, Sangli district in Maharashtra. he is married to Seema Athawale and has son named Jit. He is Buddhist by religion. He is under graduate Educated at Siddharth College, Mumbai. Athawale was a full time member of Dalit Panther of India organization which was founded by Namdeo Dhasal and J.V.Pawar, Athawale demanded firearms for Dalits from Indian Government for self-defense and to resist oppression.
He was member of Maharashtra Legislative Council from 1990 to 1995 and position of Cabinet Minister for Employment Guarantee Scheme and Prohibition Propaganda, Social Welfare and Transport in the Government of Maharashtra.
He also represented Mumbai North Central in 12th Lok Sabha during 1998-99. He left the Nationalist Congress Party–Indian National Congress alliance in 2011 after having lost the 2009 Lok Sabha election. Athawale led the RPI party, joined the Shivsena–Bharatiya Janata Party alliance in 2011 and contested Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections together. Athawale lost in the Shirdi (Lok Sabha constituency) election in 2009.In 2014, Athawale was elected to the upper house of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. He represents Maharashtra. His party has various branches all over India.He was appointed as the minister from July 5,2016.