High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Ramchandra Neelkanth Bahutkar, (1650 to 1716), also known as Ramchandra Pant Amatya Bawadekar, was the youngest member of the council of ministers of Chhatrapati Shivaji from 1674 to 1680. He also worked as a senior minister of Chhatrapati Sambhaji, Rajaram, Shivaji II and Sambhaji II. He is known to be one of the greatest diplomats, administrators and warriors of the Maratha Empire. 'Adnyapatra', the famous code of civil and military administration was written by him. Ramchandra Pant was born in a Rigvedi Deshastha Brahmin family in or around 1650. He was the youngest son of Neelkanth Sondeo Bahutkar, more popularly known as 'Nilo Sondeo' who had risen from a local 'Kulkarni' to the post of Minister in the court of Shivaji. This family was originally from village Kolwan near Kalyan Bhiwandi. Ramchandra Pant's grandfather Sonopant and uncle Abaji Sondeo were in the close circle of Shivaji. The family was also closely associated with Samarth Ramdas, the spiritual Guru of Shivaji, and he was the one who named the newly born child as 'Ramchandra'.