From kollur mines in Tamil Nadu to the crown of Queen Elizabeth, ‘our’ Kohinoor has travelled a long way. Now, we want it back!

Posted on by Sakshi Behl
 
  

Once the world’s largest known diamond, Kohinoor is worth a 100m Pounds today, and sits pretty on Britain’s crown. The 105-carat stone belongs to India, but we are a large-hearted nation, so we let it go… until some patriotic elements from bollywood and various business houses decided to initiate ‘let’s bring Kohinoor back’ campaign.

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Bollywood stars and businessmen have united to instruct lawyers to begin legal proceedings in London’s High Court to return the Kohinoor diamond. Bollywood star Bhumika Singh, also part of the group, said: “The Kohinoor is not just a 105 carat stone, but part of our history and culture and should undoubtedly be returned.”

David de Souza, co-founder of the Indian leisure group Titos, is helping to fund the new legal action and has instructed British lawyers to begin High Court proceedings. He said, “The Kohinoor is one of the many artefacts taken from India under dubious circumstances. Colonisation did not only rob our people of wealth, it destroyed the country’s psyche itself.”

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The diamond was given to the reigning Queen of the time by the last ruler of the Sikhs, Duleep Singh, a 13 year old stupid boy, who was made to travel to Britain in 1850 when he handed the gem to Queen Victoria, after the British annexed Punjab. This jewel was in the crown worn by the Queen Mother at the coronation of her husband King George VI in 1937, and again at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.

It is India’s property and Britain has rejected all the requests made for the return of Kohinoor.

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There is a tug of war going on between the countries to possess world’s most precious diamond… It has been in Mogul possession in Delhi for 213 years, in Afghan possession in Kandahar and Kabul for 66 years and in British possession for 127 years. For me, India deserves this diamond the most. It was mined from Indian mines. Period.

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