Maharashtra completes purchase of Ambedkar housein London

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2015 20:09 IST

Final formalities for the 3.1 million-pound purchase by the Maharashtra government of the house in which BR Ambedkar lived during his students days in London in the 1920s were completed on Thursday, official sources here said.

A large number of organisations in India and Britain provided inputs in the process of buying the house. The house, 10 King Henry’s Road, Chalk Farm in north London, will now be converted into a museum-memorial to Ambedkar.

Maharashtra minister for social justice Rajkumar Badole, who was here in connection with the purchase of the house recently, told HT that efforts were on to schedule the memori?al’s inauguration during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bilateral visit in November.

This is the first time a state government has purchased property linked to an iconic figure outside India. Ambedkar lived in the house while studying at the London School of Economics.

The property – covering 2550 sq feet over three storeys – will be managed by the Indian high commission here.

Santosh Dass, president of the federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations, UK, welcomed the completion of the acquisition process.

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