Bring Back The Kohinoor
Published On : 27 Feb 2017
Article Category : Foreign Affairs
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The Kohinoor diamond shares very deep relation with the Indian history and heritage and its roots can be found some 5000 years ago in a Sanskrit script, where it was called the Syamantaka. Earlier the diamond was known by different names and it got the present name of Kohinoor (Mountain of light) from Persian general Nadir Shah. The diamond was taken by England after the Anglo-Sikh war of 1850 where they confiscated most part of then united Punjab. In 1852, it was reshaped into its current form by a Dutch jeweler, who cut it to 108.93 carats. Currently it lies in the London as a part of crown jewels.
The demand to bring back Kohinoor is not new and time and again many have tried the same in past. Some experts from Indian corner say that the diamond was illegally and forcibly taken outside of India and should be returned back. In 2000, several parliament members signed a letter for bringing the diamond back. Recently an Indian businessman spurred a controversy when he decided to bring back the diamond by legal bidding at the time when Indian PM, Narendra Modi, visited Britain in November 2015.
A petition was filed by All India Human Rights and Social Justice Front in the Supreme Court in which it had asked about the government’s efforts and intentions to bring the jewel back. In reply of the petition Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar appearing for the government said that the diamond was neither forcibly taken nor illegally stolen but rather presented as Gift and hence cannot be demanded back. Kumar added that: “If we claim our treasures like Kohinoor from other countries, every other nation will start claiming their items from us. There will be nothing left in our museums.”
At this the chief justice replied-“If there is a legitimate claim for the diamond, will our dismissal at this stage come in your way? Because the country which holds the diamond may say your Supreme Court itself has dismissed a petition to re-claim the diamond, so why should we entertain you?”
The statement of solicitor General is going to hurt the cause of people who are hoping to bring back the jewel. The Kohinoor is party of our history and heritage and every possible effort should be made to retrieve it. It was once one of the largest diamond of the world.
Sometimes a glimmer of hope is sufficient to achieve the impossible. Hence, such negative statement will not only discourage long standing effort of many people but also give United Kingdom another excuse for not returning the diamond. Instead of fighting the petition in the court, the government should try to make every possible effort to bring back the diamond to India. Maybe after sometime the British government will also realize the importance of Kohinoor for India and they will return it. But before that happens we should not lose any hope and fight till end by any political or diplomatic way that we have in our disposal.
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