Republican Party of India

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Republican Party of India
रिपब्लिकन पार्टी ऑफ इंडिया
Founded 30 September 1956
Preceded by Scheduled Castes Federation
Ideology Progressivism
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.


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 Mahasangh reunited to form a united "Republican Party of India (United)". Later, Republican Party of India (Gavai) and Republican Party of India (A) led by Ramdas Athawale split again from the united party. Splinter groups of RPI include:

See also


  1. ^ "In Ambedkar's state, Dalit parties stare at oblivion". dna. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "JNU scholars will revive Dr. Ambedkar's Political School". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Poke Me: Has Indian politics failed BR Ambedkar?". timesofindia-economictimes. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  4. ^ TNN (7 December 2014). "RPI factions clash on Ambedkar death anniversary". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Veteran Republican Party of India leader R. S. Gavai no more". mid-day. 30 October 1929. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "The two Ambedkarite parties, the Republican Party of India led by Ramdas Athawale and the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh led by Prakash Ambedkar". 
  7. ^ "NRP". Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
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