The British Government on 17 July 2013 honoured V.K. Krishna Menon, India’s first high commissioner in London and former Defence Minister by placing a Blue Plaque at the house, where he lived when he moved to the city for the first time.
The blue plaque will be placed plaque at 30 Langdon Park Road in Highgate, North London, where Menon stayed from 1929 to 1931. Menon, during his stay in London, after Indian independence as independent India’s first High Commissioner to the U.K played an active role in the socio-political life of the city.
The plaque was unveiled by Tony Benn, veteran leader of the Left-Wing Labour. Tony Benn is the son of William Wedgwood Benn, was secretary of state for India from 1929 to 1931, when Menon was campaigning for Indian independence in Britain.
UK commemorates sites of historical and cultural importance in the country with blue plaques with a purpose of drawing attention of people.
V.K. Krishna Menon in London
• He served as the Labour Councillor for the Borough of St. Pancras for 14 years after being elected in 1934. He introduced travelling libraries and Children corners here.
• He served as an air warden around the Camden Square, during Second World War.
• In 1955, he became the second freeman of St. Pancras. The only person before Menon to be honoured with freeman status was George Bernard Shaw.
• He was described as the embodiment of the movement within Britain for India’s freedom, by former Labour Prime Minister, James Callaghan
Other Indians to be honoured with the blue Plaque with their locations
Other Indian leaders namely Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel have been honoured by this English Heritage, previously.
• London has two English Heritage Blue Plaques linked to Mahatma Gandhi at 20 Baron's Court Road in Hammersmith and Fulham and second one at Kingsley Hall, Powis Road in Tower Hamlets
• Jawahar Lal Nehru is honoured with a plaque at 60 Elgin Crescent in London’s Notting Hill Bal
• Gangadhar Tilak with a plaque at 10 Howley Place in Paddington
• Sardar Patel has a plaque at 23 Aldridge Road Villas, Ladbroke Grove, in West London
About the Blue Plaque Scheme of London
The Blue Plaque Scheme of London was founded in 1866 is run by the William Ewart MP and the Royal Society of Arts to commemorates the link between the notable figures of past and Britain's famous residents. More than 760 plaques have been placed across London by now. It is a uniquely successful means of connecting people and place. The Royal Society launched the scheme in 1867 with the unveiling of a commemorative tablet for Lord Byron.
Who: British Government
When: 17 July 2013