Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate an International Research Centre dedicated to the life and achievements of Dr B R Ambedkar, in London on November 14. The Maharashtra government had acquired the 2050 square feet private property at King Henry Road for Rs 40 crore, a few months ago, and is converting it into a research centre for studies related to Ambedkar.
Ambedkar’s academic excellence, while studying at London School of Economics finds a special mention in the prestigious institution. The London property is where Ambedkar lived in 1921-22.
The London House now has six rooms with a drawing room and courtyards. It is a duplex styled residential place. The state government does not want to disturb the existing design but plans to make provisions for accommodating visiting scholars from abroad and India. The state government will sponsor two Dalit students to the London School of Economics every year.
Chief Minister Fadnavis said the government plans to convert the house into a research centre complete with life and works of Ambedkar. “There are volumes of writings related to foreign and economic policies of Ambedkar which remained under wraps. We would ensure this place houses all such works of Ambedkar,” he said. The state government is planning to upgrade the centre to place it on the international tourist map.
Ambedkar’s tenure at London School of Economics has a special significance for the state and the government would strive to bring academic excellence of Ambedkar in diverse fields including economics, he said.
“It is not about magnificence or scale of development. What we are planning is to let it remain a moderate house which can strike a chord on Ambedkar’s life.”
The state government would appoint a curator. Since it is a property overseas it would have to engage in adequate consultations before redesigning the place, he said.
Several generations of Dalits have highlighted the political struggle and contribution of Ambedkar to India and the world. Fadnavis said there could not be any ambiguity about Ambedkar’s immense contribution to backward and oppressed classes.