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Their Peace Disturbed Day And Night, London Council Wants Ambedkar Museum Shifted

India bought the three-million-Pound property in a posh north London locality little knowing that a memorial for Babasaheb Ambedkar was in breach of norms for residential space

Their Peace Disturbed Day And Night, London Council Wants Ambedkar Museum Shifted
Their Peace Disturbed Day And Night, London Council Wants Ambedkar Museum Shifted Photograph by PTI

A £3 million property bought by India some years back in a posh London corner to convert the building into a memorial for India’s iconic social justice crusader, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, is now in serious jeopardy. Following complaints of alleged violation of building guidelines by some local residents, a hearing now awaits at the Camden Council that would decide the fate of the memorial.

The picturesque neighbourhood of Primrose Hill in upscale Camden in north London has been a favoured residential address for a string of celebrities, from chef Jamie Oliver to Holl­­y­­wood A-listers Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig. In the past, too, it attracted well-known personages, from political philosopher Friedrich Engels and historian A.J.P. Taylor to poets Sylvia Plath and W.B. Yeats. Nearly 100 years back, it was also home to one of India’s most venerated social reformer and its tallest Dalit icon—Babasaheb Ambedkar.

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