Raja Rampal Singh (22 August 1849 – 28 February 1909) was a ruler of Kalakankar estate of Oudh (Now in Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh) from 1885 to 1909. Rampal Singh was a Congress sympathizer. He was one of the founding member of Indian National Congress Party. In consequence, Mahatma Gandhi and other congress leader used to visit him quit frequently. Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya had very intimate relations with Raja of Kalakankar. paper Hindusthan, with nationalist outlook from Kalakankar. The Raja Saheb of Kalakankar had started a Hindi weekly, Hindusthan, in 1883 to spread the message of freedom.
His father Lal Pratap Singh, was a revolutionary who was killed in 1857 in the Battle of Chanda.
Publication of Hindosthan
The Hindusthan was started by Raja Rampal Singh of Kalakankar, situated on the banks of the Ganga, about 15 miles from Allahabad. The Ganga surrounds Kalakankar on three sides. All the houses in Kalakankar, except Raja Rampal Singh's own palace or the so-called 'fort', were made of mud and their roofs of burnt clay tiles. Even though, from the point of view of communications, this place was hardly suitable for publishing a newspaper, the Raja was fond of it and had it connected telegraphically. The only son of his father, Rampal Singh was ambitious. He learnt Hindi, English and Sanskrit, and became an honorary magistrate at the age of eighteen. He went to the United Kingdom, along with his wife. After two years she died and he came back to India with an English wife. He again returned to Britain. In August 1883, he started the monthly Hindosthan from the UK. This was in English and Hindi. Its Urdu edition was also brought out for some time. Later, it became a weekly. The articles in Hindi and Urdu were the Raja's own, those in English of Mr. George Temple's. He returned to Kalakankar in 1885, and started the country's first Hindi daily newspaper Hindosthan.
Hindosthan Published by Raja Rampal Singh and was edited by none other than the founder of the Benaras Hindu University, Madanmohan Malviya. Malviya joined work on two conditions: Raja would never meet him in an inebriated state and would not influence the newspaper’s editorial policy.
Raja Rampal Singh married firstly, to Rani Subhag Kunwar, who died about 1871 in London, and married secondly, Princess Alice (an English lady). He married thirdly, Rani Radha (a Muslim).
He was president of Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha for year 1899. In 1905, Sir Chhotu Ram worked as the assistant Private Secretary to Raja Rampal Singh.