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Portrait on easel of Dr B. R. Ambedkar Dr B. R. Ambedkar was a crusader for social justice and was the chief architect of India’s Constitution which secured social and fundamental legal rights and equality for its citizens.

A barrister, economist, politician and reformer, he was the first Law and Justice Minister of independent India. He was commonly known as the ‘Champion of the Untouchables.’

The painting pictured was unveiled in June 2021 and is mounted in our dedicated Ambedkar Room. It was kindly donated to the Inn by the Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations UK (FABO UK), with thanks to Ms Santosh Dass MBE, President of FABO UK. The portrait is by artist David Newens from a photo taken for LIFE magazine in May 1946 by photojournalist, Margaret Bourke-White and shows Dr Ambedkar beside magenta pink bougainvillea on his veranda in his garden in Delhi.

Admitted: 1916
Called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn: 1922

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