Dr BR Ambedkar will be the first Indian to have an entire home dedicated to his memory in London.
This after the Indian government sealed a 3.1-million pounds deal to acquire a bungalow, where the he lived as a student in the 1920s.
The Maharashtra government this week completed the formalities to acquire the 10 King Henry’s Road townhouse in north London where Dr Ambedkar resided during his student days in 1921-22.
The three-storey home will now be transformed into a memorial after the state government gains possession within two-three weeks and carries out essential repair and renovation work. The memorial is expected to open to visitors by later this year or early next year.
This property also has the distinction of being recognised as an English Heritage since 1991 and carries a blue plaque with the words ‘Dr Bhimjirao Ramji Ambedkar 1891-1956, Indian Crusader for social justice lived here.’
Among some of the proposals under consideration for the memorial-cum-museum is a plan to use one of the floors as a transitory residence for Indian students who arrive in the UK to study.
The 2,050 square feet residential property in London went up for sale through an estate agent last year.
The Federation of Ambedkarites and Buddhist Organisation (FABO) UK wrote to the Indian government to urge them to purchase it as a historically important monument.
The decision for Maharashtra to purchase the property was cleared by the Indian government, with the state Cabinet giving its final nod to the proposal in February this year.