Rama Jois

Mandagadde Rama Jois
Former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court
Former Governor of Jharkhand and Bihar
Present member of Rajya Sabha
Personal details
Born (1931-07-27)27 July 1931
Araga, Shivamogga District, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Vimala
Children One son
One daughter
Alma mater Government Law College, Bengaluru
University of Mysore
Profession Advocate

Justice Mandagadde Rama Jois (born 1931) is a current member of Rajya Sabha, a former governor of Jharkhand and Bihar states, and a former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He is also a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India.[1][2]

Early life and education

Rama Jois was born to Narasimha Jois and Lakshmidevamma on 27 July 1931 at Araga village, Shivamogga District, Karnataka, India.[2] He studied in Shivamogga and Bengaluru and acquired B.A., B.L.degrees and Kuvempu University has conferred him with Doctor of Laws honorary degree.[2][3]


He is a noted writer and historian having written several books on Service Law, Habeas Corpus Law, Constitutional Law, etc. His most known two-volume book "Legal and Constitutional History of India", considered as a previous volume,[3] is a textbook for Law Degree course. His another well known book is "Seeds of Modem Public Law in Ancient Indian Jurisprudence". His other works include "Historic Legal Battle", " Dharma- The Global Ethic" etc. His views on Dharma and Manu Smriti are of immense value, as they have been simplified for the understanding of the common man.

Other Books published


  • Services under the State (1974)
  • Legal and Constitutional History of India (1982)
  • Historical Battle (1977)
  • Dharma : The Global Ethic (English, Hindi and Kannada) (1996)
  • Ancient Indian Law : Eternal values in Manu Smrithi (English, Kannada, Hindi)(2003)
  • Trivarga Siddantha (English and Kannada) (2005)
  • The Bharathiya way to lead Purposeful life (English and Kannada) 2007
  • National Reconciliation for Harmonious Living (2008)
  • Code of Conduct for Rulers (English and Kannada) 2007
  • Raja Dharma with lessons on Raja neethi[2]
  • Need for Amending the Constitution[3]

Positions held

  • Governor of Jharkhand State[4]
  • Governor of Bihar State[5]
  • Rajya Sabha Member in Karnataka[1]
  • Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court[6]

Political affiliation

During The Emergency (India) 1975-77, imposed by Indira Gandhi, he was imprisoned and lodged in the Bengaluru Central Jail. He was lodged along with A B Vajapayee, L K Advani, Madhu Dandavate etc. in Bengaluru prison. He is recognised with Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka.


He relinquished the post of Judge of the Karnataka High Court, protesting injustice, as he was overlooked to be posted as a Supreme Court Judge.

Family life

He is married to Smt.Vimala, has two children and three grandchildren. He resides in Bengaluru, India. His son M.R. Shailendra and daughter M.R. Tara are both popular advocates in the city of Bengaluru, India.[2]


  1. 1 2 Press trust of India (19 June 2008). "S M Krishna among four elected unopposed to RS". The Hindu(newspaper). Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 govt.owned.website, india.gov.in. "Detailed profile Shri M.Rama Jois". New Delhi: National Information Centre. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 TNN (28 March 2004). "Karnataka Varsity fetes Jois". The Times of India.
  4. A, Jayaram (8 July 2002). "A belated reward for Jois from BJP". The Hindu (newspaper). Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  5. Times News Network (29 October 2004). "Bihar Governor Rama Jois quits". The Times of India.
  6. Times News Network (26 November 2010). "CM will face heat of in-house probe too". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
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