Hon’ble Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment
Govt. of India

Ramdas Bandu Athawale (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 led government, and represents Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India’s Parliament. Previously he was the Lok Sabha MP from Pandharpur.