Basaveshwara & Ambedkar’s birth anniversary was jointly celebrated as Anti-discrimination day in London.The Indian High Commissioner to UK, Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam and The Deputy Indian High Commissioner, Mr Charanjeet Singh paid joint tribute to Basaveshwara and Ambedkar at Albert embankment in London.
The event was organised by the former Mayor of the London borough of Lambeth, Dr Neeraj Patil on behalf of the Lambeth Basaveshwara Foundation, a non-profit organisation that own’s the intellectual property rights of the Basaveshwara statue and its vicinity.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Patil said, “We are paying tribute to both Basaveshwara and Ambedkar jointly because both share a conceptual relationship. Both opposed caste discrimination and gender inequality.”
Basaveshwara pioneered the idea of 'Democracy' in the 12th century, Ambedkar was the architect of Indian democracy and its Constitution. They were both champions of liberty, freedom of speech and human rights. Members of Indian community took a pledge at the statue to oppose caste discrimination.
On 14th Nov 2015 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi simultaneously unveiled the statue of Basaveshwara and Ambedkar’s house in London.
The Basaveshwara statue erected at the Albert Embankment is not only the first statue to be unveiled by an Indian Prime Minister in the UK, but is also the first conceptual statue approved by the British Cabinet in the vicinity of the British Parliament.
Ambedkar House in London's Camden borough (10, King Henry’s Road, London NW3 3RP) was brought by Government of Maharashtra and converted into a museum, while acquiring higher education in London during 1921-1922, he lived in this house.