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India says British queen should keep her crown jewel (analysed from The Hindu)

One of the worlds largest diamonds, the 105-carat Kohinoor, has been part of the British crown jewels for 150 years and today forms part of Queen Elizabeth II's crown. The stone has been at the centre of a long-running diplomatic row, with many Indians demanding Britain return the diamond to atone for its colonial past.

Background:

Earlier a petition filed in the Supreme Court by an NGO, All India Human Rights & Social Justice Front, on whether the government intends to make a bid to get back the Kohinoor?

Govt. Response:

The Indian government told the Supreme Court that India should forgo its claims to the jewel because the heirs of Maharaja Ranjit Singh gave the Kohinoor to the British as “voluntary compensation” to cover the expenses of the Anglo-Sikh Wars.

The Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the Supreme Court that the diamond was neither stolen nor forcibly taken away. He further said that if we start claiming the treasures from the museums of other countries, they will claim their treasures from our museums. 

The Kohinoor is on display in the Tower of London, it is set in the crown worn by the current Queen Elizabeth during her coronation in 1953.

During a visit to India in 2010, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the diamond would stay in London.



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