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Tributes paid to Ambedkar, Basaveshwara in UK

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Tributes were paid to 12th century saint philosopher Basaveshwara and of the Indian Constitution Dr B R on to mark the occasion as an anti-discrimination day in on Sunday.

India's High to the UK Ruchi Ghanashyam and paid tributes at the to Basaveshwara and on their 885th and respectively.

The event was organised by the former of the borough of Lambeth, Dr Neeraj Patil, on behalf of the Lambeth Basaveshwara Foundation, a non-profit organisation that owns the intellectual property rights of the and its vicinity.

Speaking on the occasion, Patil said: "We are paying tributes to both Basaveshwara and jointly because both share a conceptual relationship. Both opposed caste discrimination and gender inequality".

Basaveshwara pioneered the idea of democracy in the 12th century and Ambedkar was the of the Indian democracy and its Constitution. They were both champions of liberty, freedom of speech and human rights. Members of the Indian community took a pledge at the statue to oppose caste discrimination.

On November 14, 2015, simultaneously unveiled the statue of Basaveshwara and Ambedkar house in

The erected at the is not only the first statue to be unveiled by an Indian in the UK, but also the first conceptual statue approved by the in the vicinity of the

Ambedkar House in London, where he lived for higher education during 1921-1922, was converted into a museum. It is located in the London borough of Camden.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 21:45 IST