Amongst a thunderous applause and appreciations pouring in from various sections of civil society, Mr Ranbir Singh Pathania, a lawyer-turned-politician and first time MLA from Ramnagar Assembly Segment was awarded "Best Legislator" for the year 2016 by Hon'ble Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta on the recommendation of a Award Committee comprising of former Speaker, Journalists and Civil Society Members.Mr Pathania shot into prominence with his novel idea of Public meeting cum grievance redressal camp at various places in the constituency. Mr Pathania during his stint as legislator was pretty vocal in raising various issues in the assembly. Though being a part of ruling BJP-PDP coalition, Mr. Pathania even didn’t hesitate to show dissidence on certain issues of grave public importance.He is a distinction-holder graduate from G.G.M. Science College Jammu and having done L.L.B. from University of Jammu, he has been practising law at the Jammu seat of J & K High Court at Jammu and accredited to have dealt with briefs of prestigious cases pertaining to Sidhra land scam and B.Ed Colleges scandal in the Supreme Court of India.
He has also filed numerous PILs dealing with diverse rainbow of topics concerning day-to-day social, domestic and political lives of people, particularly, regarding mushroom growth of B.Ed. Colleges in J & K, banning of smoking in public places, bringing of J & K Right to Information Act in consonance with the Central legislation, rectification of the name of Degree College Ramnagar, preservation of Mubarak Mandi complex and its declaration as a ‘national heritage,’ etc.He was also empanelled as Addl. Central Govt. Standing Counsel by the Union Law Ministry and is on record to have lost not even a single case while pleading/appearing for the Union Govt.He has also remained associated himself with many local and national newspapers and written many prolific write-ups/commentaries on law-related topics concerning burning controversies in Allahabad Law Reporter, Indian Law Reporter, I.L.S. Bangalore & SYMBIOSIS Pune law-journals and newspapers of renown and repute.
Regular column-writer in The Tribune, The Indian Express, The Pioneer, Daily Excelsior, Greater Kashmir, Rising Kashmir, J.K. Newspoint, Early Times, State Times, The Kashmir Times and other celebrated newspapers and news-magazines. He loves to liaise with and help NGOs - am General Secretary of Jagrit Samaj (Regd.), He is also President of J & K Stick Fencing (Salim Bomb) Association (regd.) and patron of J & K Fencing association. He was nominated as candidate of Bhartiya Janta Party from Ramnagar assembly segment at a very later point of time and clinched Ramnagar seat from JKNPP defeating three-times MLA and former Education Minister by a margin of 17,420 votes while securing 46891 votes in total -- while ripping apart a vicious rigmarole of caste, money and muscle-power politics over there.He is now the second youngest MLA in Legislative Assembly remaining vocal and vociferous about issues and topics ranging from local to national and international. He has already been awarded 'Best Citizen of India' by Best Citizen Publishing House, New Delhi. And 'Outstanding Achievement Award' by Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare. He was also rated as 'Columnist Of The Year' by an international-level survey conducted by Kashmir Awareness Org.