R. R. Diwakar

Ranganath Ramachandra Diwakar (30 September 1894 – January 1990)[1] was an Indian author and politician from Karnataka.

R. R. Diwakar
Diwakar (right) with Godwin Mbikusita Lewanika (left), 1950
Governor of Bihar
In office
15 June 1952  5 July 1957
Preceded byMadhav Shrihari Aney
Succeeded byZakir Husain
Minister of Information and Broadcasting
In office
1949  15 April 1952
Prime MinisterJawaharlal Nehru
Preceded byVallabhbhai Patel
Succeeded byB. V. Keskar
Personal details
Ranganath Ramachandra Diwakar

(1894-09-30)30 September 1894
DiedJanuary 1990 (aged 9596)
Political partyIndian National Congress
OccupationPolitician, writer


Diwakar was a member of the Indian National Congress and served as the President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) from 1930 to 1942. He became a member of the Constituent Assembly of India and the Provisional Parliament. He was the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting from 1949 to 1952. Diwakar was elected as member of the Rajya Sabha from Bombay State on 3 April 1952 but resigned on 13 June 1952,[2] within a few months when was appointed the Governor of Bihar. He served as Governor till 1957. In 1962 he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha where he served till 1968.[2] At his death, he was the last surviving member of the first Nehru cabinet.

Diwakar has been described as a "Gandhian" and "more committed to Gandhian ideas than Gandhi himself".[3]

Diwakar was also the author of a number of books in English, Kannada and Hindi.[4]



  1. Sarkar, C., ed. (1990). Vidura. C. Sarkar. p. 38. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  2. "List of Former Members of Rajya Sabha (Term Wise)". Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  3. Mehta, Nalin, ed. (2008). Television in India: Satellites, Politics and Cultural Change. Routledge. ISBN 9781134062126. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  4. "RAJYA SABHA MEMBERS BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 1952 - 2003" (PDF). Retrieved 3 October 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Madhav Shrihari Aney
Governor of Bihar
Succeeded by
Zakir Hussain
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