The life and thought of Dr B R Ambedkar in London

11 October 2023 Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Anti-Caste activist, Lawyer, Architect of Indian Constitution, Social Reformer and Buddhist, Dr B R Ambedkar is being honoured with a new book on his life in London alongside this talk with the authors at LSE.

Join the LSE Library, LSE Anthropology, and LSE International Inequalities Institute for a talk with the editors and authors of the recently published book, Ambedkar in London.

Dr Bhimrao R. Ambedkar (1891-1956) was one of India’s greatest intellectuals and social reformers; his political ideas continue to inspire and mobilise some of the world’s poorest and most socially disadvantaged, in India and the global Indian diaspora. Ambedkar’s thought on labour, legal rights, women’s rights, education, caste, political representation and the economy are international in importance.

This book explores his lesser-known period of London-based study and publication during the early 1920s, presenting that experience as a lens for thinking about Ambedkar’s global intellectual significance. Some of his later canon on caste, and Dalit rights and representation, was rooted in and shaped by his earlier work around the economy, governance, labour and representation during his time as a law student and as a doctoral candidate at the London School of Economics.

There will also be a chance to view the bust of Ambedkar, gifted to LSE by the Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations UK, and items from the LSE Library’ archives including Ambedkar’s student file.