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High Commission of India pays homage to Dr B R Ambedkar at the Ambedkar Museum, London on the occasion of Mahaparinirvan Diwas

Posted on: December 07, 2021 | Back | Print

Dr B. R Ambedkar 

One of most scholarly of his generation – having studied in India, America and Britain, Dr Ambedkar was a socio-political reformer, economist, jurist and writer. He inspired the Buddhist movement in India and was the chief architect of India’s Constitution. 

Dr B. R. Ambedkar was independent India’s first Minister of Law and Justice. With the Hindu Code Bill, he helped pioneer reforms that abolished polygamy, gave women the right to divorce, and the right to inherit property. 

In his address at the Palace of Westminster in November, 2015, H’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi said: “Ambedkar was not just an architect of India’s Constitution but of our Parliamentary Democracy. He also stood for the weak , the oppressed and the excluded. And he lifted us all to a higher cause in the service of humanity; to build a future of justice, equality, opportunity and dignity for all humans and peace among people.”

Ambedkar Memorial

10 King Henry’s Road, NW3 3RP where Dr Ambedkar lived from 1921-22, was purchased by Government of Maharashtra and inaugurated by H’ble Prime Minister of India , Shri Narendra Modi on November 14, 2015.

In March 2020, Ambedkar House London was given museum status. The museum is now open to the public. For more information please contact: Santosh Dass MBE, President, FABO UK on +44 7902 806342 or Sam Hutchinson, Chief of Staff, Gray’s Inn on +44 207 458 7981

Gray’s Inn, London

Dr Ambedkar spent two periods of study at Gray’s Inn whilst studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The first period was from October 1916 to July 1917 – after his degree at Columbia University, and the second was on his return from India in July 1920. He was called at the Inn in June 1922.

A portrait by David Newens based on a 1946 photo by the American photojournalist, Margaret Bourke-White now hangs in the Ambedkar Room at Gray’s Inn. The Ambedkar Room will be used by barristers in training and as a meeting room .

The portrait was donated by Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations UK (FABO UK) for the Ambedkar Room and was unveiled on June 30, 2021 in presence of Sujat Ambedkar, Dr BR Ambedkar’s great-grandson. 

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