The Koh-i-Noor fight: Queen Elizabeth II may face a lawsuit


London: Prime minister Narendra Modi scheduled to visit the United Kingdom this week, amongst other events has a lunch scheduled to be hosted by the Queen at the Buckingham palace. this visit is befalling at the times when the demand for the thrust back of the koh-i-noor diamond is gaining strong popularity.

The Koh-i-Noor fight: Queen Elizabeth II may face a lawsuit

To raise a voice for the cause a Lobby group consisting of Indian businessman and actors has been formed, in framing a lucid case against Queen Elizabeth II  for the same,The campaign is gaining much power and strength this time, as juxtaposed to last time when the British government had outright rejected India’s demand on the return of the diamond, while the same decision of the British government was supported by president David Cameroon in the year 2013 during his visit to India, stating, he did not believe in “Returnism”.

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Calling themselves the “Mountain of Light group” the force is all- ready. campaigners have informed the British law firm, that this time the demand is not is going to b much stronger,’it would be basing its case on principles, embodied in British law that give the institution the power to return stolen art’.

One prime paymaster for this campaign David De Souza, co-founder of the Indian leisure group TIOS is not just funding the campaign but has mandated the British lawyers to mandate the high court proceedings,  in an interview with Sunday telegraph  gave a protruding statement.

The Koh-i-Noor fight: Queen Elizabeth II may face a lawsuit

The Koh-i-Noor fight: Queen Elizabeth II may face a lawsuit

He said, “The Koh-i-Noor 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.

“It brutalised society, traces of which linger on today in the form of mass poverty, lack of education and a host of other factors”.

Koh-i-noor- is believed to have been mined in India approximately 800 years ago is a 105 carat stone, passed down from one ruling dynasty to another, is known worldwide and over generations, as the largest cut diamond, but the name in itself has a deep meaning; “mountain of light”,

In the year 1849, after the British colonised Punjab, the arrangements of the Koh-i-noor to be presented to queen victoria were made, by the British governor-general, as a result of this Duleep Singh, a 13-year-old boy.( Duleep Singh was the last Sikh ruler), was made to travel all the way to Britain to hand over the same to queen victoria. the diamond is now found at a display in the tower of London, where it is resting on the crown belongs to queen victoria’s mother.

The campaign is being supported in huge numbers by a lot of people, one such person advocating the campaign is, Bhumika Singh, Bollywood actress, who said “Koh-i-Noor is not just a 105-carat piece of stone. It has a lot of history and culture attached to it, and undoubtedly should be returned to India.”

On the contrary, the there is robust patronage  in Britain coming from Indian-origin labour MP kEITH Vaz of the labour party, who beckoned the campaign by saying “: “What a wonderful moment it would be, if when PM Modi finishes his visit, he returns to India with the promise of the diamond’s return.

The Koh-i-Noor fight: Queen Elizabeth II may face a lawsuit

The Koh-i-Noor fight: Queen Elizabeth II may face a lawsuit

This strong crusade is a reflection to how a society can never overcome the victimisation, te pain of the same continued for generations, the long kept silence is now being broken. no matter what the result is, but this surely would be considered a part of “India’s freedom struggle”.


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