India to acquire Ambedkar’s London House


London: The Maharashtra government is all set to acquire a prime property worth 4 million pounds where Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the chairman of the drafting committee of the Indian Constitution and a dalit rights activist lived during his student days at London School of Economics.

A blue plaque commemorates the fact that Ambedkar lived there in 1921-22 when he was studying at London School of Economics (LSE).

A senior Indian High Commission diplomat who has been facilitating the process since the Maharashtra government took the decision to acquire the property said that the process of acquiring the property is underway.

During a visit to London in April, Rajkumar badole, Maharashtra’s Minister for Social Justice and Special Assistance had said, “This is a historical moment for us because it is not just a house but has the emotions of all Indians attached to it.”

The minister, who led a three-member delegation from his ministry including state minister Dilip Kamble and principal secretary Ujjwal Uke, had also initiated talks on establishing a Dr Ambedkar Chair at LSE which would be linked with two new scholarships for Indian students. The cost of the London property, likely to be borne by the Maharashtra government, is estimated between 3.2 million pounds and 4 million pounds.