I’m delighted that the Government has overturned Camden’s decision to order the Ambedkar Museum in Primrose Hill to close down. I wrote to the Secretary of State Robert Jenrick last week to express my deepest concerns about this and ask him to use his power to ‘call in’ the decision.
You can read my letter here.
The Ambedkar Museum is an internationally-renowned memorial to Dr B.R. Ambedkar, who wrote India’s constitution and is revered especially by the marginalised groups (especially the Dalits, or ‘Untouchables’) he spent his entire life fighting for.
He lived at that address in Primrose Hill while studying law in London. It is the only address associated with him and was a frequent pilgrimage destination for Indians and people of Indian ancestry for years before it became a museum to Dr Ambedkar in 2015.
Camden, however, ruled that Dr Ambedkar was not sufficiently notable or connected to the site to justify the property not being solely housing. Obviously, anyone that knows history knows this is nonsense!
I’m grateful to Robert Jenrick for calling in this decision and to the dozens of Conservative councillors of British Indian descent that have been in contact with myself and with the Secretary of State.
We will hear back from the Government the official outcome in a matter of weeks, and I hope the Government rules that the Ambedkar Museum can continue in its rightful place in Primrose Hill.