Thakur Ramapati Singh (b. 1912 – October 12, 1999), also known as Thakur Ramapati Sinha, was the eldest son of Shri Ram Surat Singh the head of the local land owning family of the village of Harnathpur located in present day “Pakridayal Block” of East Champaran district of the State of Bihar in India.
His school education was primarily at the district headquarters – Motihari. After school, he joined Patna Science College. The country was witnessing a raging struggle for Indian idependence led by Mahatma Gandhi during this period and Thakur Ramapati Singh was soon in the midst of this movement leading the Youth Congress in Patna.
After repeated imprisonments by the British government in India, Thakur Ramapati Singh rejoiced with the rest of the nation when India won its freedom from British rule. He went back to his personal life and completed his law degree and after a brief employment with the law practice of the local advocate Shri Narayan Singh, he established his own law practice.
In the years that followed, he was affected by the state of local governance and inspired by his zeal for public service and socialism and he came back to the political world. The first public office he was elected to was that of the Chairman of the town municipal corporation of Motihari.
He was then elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1960s and then for a second term in 1972. During these two consecutive terms in the state legislature he served as a minister and handled portfolios such as the education ministry and the ministry of industries. He was a member of the cabinet of then Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Ram Sunder Das.
In the era of 1970s during the “days of emergency”, Thakur Ramapati Singh joined the political struggle led by Shri Jai Prakash Narayan and as a prominent political leader of this movement he was repeatedly imprisoned as a political prisoner during the emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
In the elections that followed the emergency, Thakur Ramapati Singh was a candidate of the newly formed Janta Party and contested and won from his home constituency of Motihari. He was a “Member of Parliament” of the 6th Lok Sabha of India from the Motihari Lok Sabha constituency
After his stint in the Indian Parliament, he returned back to his law practice. He spent the rest of his years in his home town of Motihari dedicating his efforts to socialism while out of public office.
He was in his later years, elected Chairman of the Bar Association of Motihari.
After a checkered career and outstanding achievements in public service, Thakur Ramapati Singh breathed his last on October 12, 1999 in his home in Chandmari, Motihari and was cremated in the village of his ancestors at Harnathpur.
“Democracy & Dissent” by Lallan Tiwary, 1987, Mittal Publications