Steven Gasztowicz KC contributes to ‘Ambedkar in London’
BR Ambedkar was a member of Gray’s Inn, wrote the Indian Constitution, was its first Law Officer, caused the establishment of the Reserve Bank of India, and fought for the rights of women and the ‘untouchable’ caste. He is virtually unheard of in Britain, but in a poll of 18 million Indian people in 2012 he was voted the greatest figure in Indian history. In his chapter of the book, Steven writes about Ambedkar’s legal training in Gray’s Inn, and how it helped form his ideas and enable him to achieve so much.
Steven’s interest in the life of Ambedkar follows him being instructed by the Indian High Commissioner to secure planning permission on appeal for a new museum to him in London, which permission was granted by the Secretary of State in 2020.