Rich tributes were paid to Dr Ambedkar on his 60th Mahaparinirvana Day (Death Anniversary) by the FABO UK members. the day started11am from India House, Indian High Commission where a short meeting was held to pay homage to Dr Ambedkar. Acting High commissioner, Mr Dinesh Patnaik garlanded the bust of Dr Ambedkar and gave an inspiring speech to remember Dr Ambedkar’s contribution to the nation. After the close of this function, everybody proceeded for a peace walk to the Ambedkar Museum, 10 King Henry’s Road, London where Babasaheb stayed during his studies in 1921-22. On the way to this house, the caravan stopped at London School of Economics and garlanded the bust of Babasaheb. At the Ambedkar Museum, various people paid tributes to Dr Ambedkar.
The highlight of the day was unveiling of Dr Ambedkar’s portrait at Gray’s Inn where he was called to the bar in 1922 and completed his Bar at-Law degree. Gray’s Inn is a premier institution of law in the World where Dr Ambedkar is honored by displaying unveiling his portrait. This project was commissioned by the Government of India and the artist, Hazel Morgan was entrusted to make the portrait. It is a matter of pride for all of us that Dr Ambedkar is the only Indian who found a place in the room. Rest are all British.
– By Arun Kumar
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Doctor of Literature Degree of Babasaheb Ambedkar
2nd June 1915: Dr. Ambedkar passed M.A. examination from Columbia University
Dr. Ambedkar passed M.A. examination from Columbia University (New York) with major in economics. The other subjects were sociology, history, philosophy, anthropology and politics.
5 June 1952: Dr. Ambedkar conferred with honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Columbia University.
Dr. Ambedkar was was to have received the degree at the hands of General Eisenhower, who was then President of the University. But due to cabinet responsibilities and later electioneering the General would not make the trip.
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Earlier on night of 31 May, Dr. Ambedkar was felicitated at a dinner party at the Cricket Club of India, Bombay (presently Mumbai), by Dr. V.S. Patankar, Principal and K.V. Chitre, Registrar of the Siddharth College. Dr. Ambedkar left Bombay for New York by a T.W.A. flight on 1 June. A large gathering of his followers and admirers gave him a send-off at the Santa Cruz airport. On 5 June, the convocation was held. Columbia University conferred on six persons the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. While awarding him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, at its 198th commencement exercises. The University hailed Dr. Ambedkar “as a framer of the constitution, member of the cabinet and of the council of states, one of India’s leading citizens, a great social reformer and a valiant upholder of human rights”. He received the degree before a large crowd assembled to watch 6,848 graduates of Columbia’s 17 schools and colleges receiving their degrees.