Ratnappa Kumbhar

Dr. Ratnappa Bharamappa Kumbhar (15 September 1909 – 23 December 1998), also called Deshbhakt Ratnappa Kumbhar, was an Indian independence activists from Ichalkaranji, who actively participated in the Indian independence movement. He was one of the persons to sign the Final Draft of the Constitution of India along with B. R. Ambedkar. He received Padma Shri award in 1985 (social work).He was Member of the Parliament, Member of Legislative Council and also worked as a Minister of Food and Civil Supplies in Maharashtra Government. Dr. Ratnappa Kumbhar was born in a Maratha Kumbhar family at Nimshirgaon village in Shirol tehsil. During his youth he was keenly interested in political and social work and mobilized support under the Prajaparishad banner against the local princely state rulers. He actively participated in the freedom movement and went underground for about 6 years. He was on the forefront of an agitation for dissolution of princely states. For his long devotion to the independence movement, he was called Deshbhakt ("Patriot") Ratnappa Kumbhar. After Independence, he became a member of the committee that framed Indian Constitution, later he was elected as an MP in 1952.

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Date of birth
September 15th, 1909
Date of death
December 23rd, 1998 at age of 89


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