Patriot, Philosopher and Scholar, Ranganath Ramachandra Diwakar (born 1894) an M.A, LL.B. of the Bombay University, was not only a politician with an impressive record of service, but one who exuded peace and learning. He started life as a school teacher and then a Professor of English but was soon sucked up in the political maelstrom. Taking journalism in his stride he was a no-tax campaigner, political prisoner, President of the Karnatak Pradesh Congress Committee, Member of the Constituent Assembly, Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the Government of India (1948 to 1952) and Govenor of Bihar (1952 to 1957).
A scholar both in Kannada and Sanskrit, his works in Kannada and English reflect his penetrating insight into philosophy, culture and yoga. A staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi and a close student and admirer of Sri Aurobindo from his school days, his books on the lives of Sri Aurobindo, Paramahamsa, Sri Ramakrishna and Bhagawan Buddha in this series have become extremely popular. The first one has also been translated in Hindi, Marathi, Kannada and Bengali.