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B.R. Ambedkar’s London house to be converted into a memorial

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AmbedkarAfter India signed a deal worth $3.1 million to acquire the bungalow of the Dalit icon Dr. B.R. Amdebkar, the latter would become the first Indian to have an entire house dedicated to his memory in London.

The Maharashtra government will transform the house into an international study centre or to say a memorial on the Dalit leader. The 2050 sq ft property on King Henry Road was where Ambedkar lived as a PG while he was a student in the 1920s.

“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” said Rajkumar Badole, Maharashtra’s minister of social justice and special assistance.

For this house, the govt. will set up a committee in order to transform it into an international tourist spot and a study centre. The property will be equipped with the entire body of Ambedkar’s works on subjects such as politics, social justice, economics, international relations and the constitution.

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“Generations of Indians in the UK and visitors studying, interested or inspired by Dr Ambedkar’s key roles in furthering social justice, human rights and equal treatment issues will be able to visit… Additionally, its five bedrooms could be used as accommodation for Indian students from Dalit backgrounds while doing post-graduate studies in the UK,” said FABO UK president Santosh Dass.

The memorial is expected to be opened to visitors by later this year or early next year.

 

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Facts About Indian Constitution You Didn’t Know Before

Indian Constitution is the ultimate rule book for Indians

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Indian Constitution is considered one of the best constitutions in the world. Wikimedia Commons
Indian Constitution is considered one of the best constitutions in the world. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma

  • Indian Constitution is the ultimate rulebook for Indians
  • It is one of the largest in the world and has several rules
  • Throughout years, Indian constitution has been proven beneficial in the matters of disputes

Indian Constitution is the ultimate rulebook for India and its citizens. It contains the instructions which are to be followed for the proper governance of India. Indian Constitution came out on 26th January 1950 and with it brought democracy to India.

Indian Constitution is the supreme law of India. Wikimedia Commons
Indian Constitution is the supreme law of India. Wikimedia Commons

Indian Constitution was not easy to write at all. It took lots of people and a period of about 2 years to write the constitution we follow today. There has been lots of amendments and controversies about it in the past, but it still continues to be one of the most reliable sources from which conduct of a citizen should be decided.

Here are few facts about the constitutions you probably didn’t know before:

  • It took 2 years, 11 months and 17 days for the constituent assembly to complete the constitution. The constituent assembly comprised of 283 members who signed the constitution on 26th January 1950.

    BR Ambedkar is the father of Indian constitution. Wikimedia Commons
    BR Ambedkar is the father of Indian constitution. Wikimedia Commons
  • Dr B.R. Ambedkar, who was the first law minister of independent India, was the Chairman of the constituent committee. He is also known as the “Father of Indian Constitution.”
  • No wonder constitution took more than 2 years to be completed when the first draft was put for debate and discussion, approximately 2000 amendments were made before it was finally finalised.
  • Indian Constitution is the largest constitution in the world. It has 25 parts, 448 articles, 12 schedules, 5 appendices and 94 amendments.

    Indian constitution is one of the largest in the world. Wikimedia Commons
    Indian constitution is one of the largest in the world. Wikimedia Commons
  • Indian Constitution is completely handwritten. It is neither printed nor typed, it is completely hand-written by Prem Behari Narain Raizada, who wrote it in flowing calligraphic-italic style.

Also Read: Why Republic Day Is Celebrated On 26th January?

  • The date 26th January was not just random. It was specially selected since it marked the anniversary of “Purna Swaraj Day” (26th January 1930). On this day, Indian Congress started the fight for complete independence and hoisted the Indian national flag for the first time in public.

    The Constitution adopted by India on January 26, 1950, is commemorated as Republic Day. Wikimedia Commons
    The Constitution adopted by India on January 26, 1950, is commemorated as Republic Day. Wikimedia Commons
  • The original copy of the Indian Constitution is kept in a special helium-filled case in the Library of the Parliament of India in New Delhi.
  • Out of 238 members of the constituent committee, only 15 were women.

    The original constitution is stored in the Parliament of India. parliamentofindia.nic.in
    The original constitution is stored in the Parliament of India. parliamentofindia.nic.in
  • The Indian Constitution is not entirely original. It took inspiration from the constitutions of other countries as well. For eg, the concept of Five Year Plans was taken from the USSR.
  • Indian Constitution has a lot in common with the American constitution. The fundamental rights recognized by our Constitution have been adopted from the American Constitution.
238 members signed the Indian constitution. Wikimedia Commons
238 members signed the Indian constitution. Wikimedia Commons
  • Indian constitution has 9 fundamental rights. However, before the amendment of 1978, ‘Right to Property’ was also one of them, before it was deleted.