PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates Ambedkar Memorial in London

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Ambedkar Memorial in London.


London:  Number 10 on King Henry road in London is now a tourist attraction. Dr BR Ambedkar's home for two years between 1921-22, the house is now a memorial in honour of the Dalit icon and architect of India's Constitution.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the memorial in London dedicated to Dr Ambedkar today.

Prime Minister Modi visited the house where Ambedkar lived in 1921-22 during his student days at London School of Economics (LSE) and said the Dalit icon's message of equality and justice continues to resonate.

Maharashtra had acquired the three-storey 2,050 sq ft house at 10 King Henry's Road, in northwest London, in August for an estimated cost of 3.2 million to 4 million pounds which the state government had borne.

Prime Minister Modi, who was accompanied by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, paid floral tributes to Ambedkar's bust at the house.

"There are some very special documents and letters related to Babasaheb (Dr Ambedkar) on display, including some of his writings. My personal highlight is a letter he wrote in German to Bonn University. It just shows the wide intellect of the great man," Mr Fadnavis said.

"We hope this memorial will be an inspiration to young students and others from around the world," he said.

The six-room memorial is still under renovation but one of the floors which Prime Minister Modi explored today will be open to the public until November 20. It will then shut for further repairs and renovations and is expected to be open again in the new year.

The main floor that had been hurriedly spruced up for Prime Minister Modi's visit includes a selection of black and white photographs, Ambedkar's famous quotes and a room dedicated to bound copies of his writings as well as a large wall painting of the preamble of the Indian Constitution.

"Plans for the memorial are still in discussion. We hope to also open it up for some Indian students who come to study at London School of Economics as an interim accommodation in due course.

Meanwhile, the Indian High Commission in London will be taking care of it," Mr Badole said.

The building already has a memorial plaque dedicated to "Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Indian Crusader for Social Justice".

"Ambedkar, whose 125th birth anniversary we are celebrating now, was not just an architect of India's Constitution but our parliamentary democracy," Prime Minister Modi had told lawmakers in his speech in the British Parliament earlier this week.

"He also stood for the upliftment of 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," he had said.

After a 20-minute tour of the home, Prime Minister Modi set off to Solihull in the West Midlands region of England for his tour of the Tata Motors' owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) factory as his last UK engagement.


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