Modi to inaugurate Ambedkar memorial during U.K. visit

Updated - December 04, 2021 11:32 pm IST

Published - October 25, 2015 02:31 am IST - MUMBAI:

The home of Dr B R Ambedkar on King Henry's Road in North London.

The home of Dr B R Ambedkar on King Henry's Road in North London.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a memorial at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s London house, purchased by the Maharashtra government, during his U.K. visit in November, announced Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday.

“Delighted to know that Hon @Narendra Modi ji will inaugurate a memorial at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar's London House during his U.K. visit in Nov.,” Mr. Fadnavis said. He said two Dalit students would be given Ambedkar fellowship every year to study at the London School of Economics.

The 2050 sq feet, three-story bungalow on King Henry Road, NW3 in London was purchased by Maharashtra government in September this for Rs. 31 crore with the intention of transforming it into an international museum-cum-memorial of Dr. Ambedkar. Dr. Ambedkar lived in this house when he was pursuing higher studies at the London School of Economics during 1921-22.

The development comes less than a fortnight after Mr. Modi laid the foundation stone of Dr. Ambedkar’s grand memorial during his visit to Mumbai on Oct. 11.

The memorial will be constructed by the Maharashtra government at the defunct Indu Mill land at Shivaji Park in Central Mumbai. The Fadnavis government took the credit for getting the Central clearance for the project — a longstanding demand of the Ambedkar followers.

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