The Koh I - Noor Diamond: The Diplomatic Issue

India and Great Britain Still Discuss the True Ownership of the Famous Jewel

April 26th, 2016

India and Great Britain have a long and complicated history together and their diplomatic relationship today is influenced by the past. One of the long lasting issues between Great Britain and India is the question of the legal ownership of a diamond. On Monday 18th of April, the solicitor-general Ranjit Kumar told the Indian Supreme Court that the 105-carat diamond was "neither stolen nor forcibly taken" but had been "gifted" to the East India Company by Punjab rulers in 1849. This case has been under scrutiny ever since a private Indian NGO filed a petition over the diamond’s legal ownership.

Nevertheless, the talks abound the diamond hasn’t ceased and some Indians still wish to see the diamond back to its origins. The great-grandson of Indian freedom leader, Tushar Gandhi, replied the issue to be a question of a moral. According to him, the heritage of was stolen by British officials and in a legal point of view, the ruler of the India at that time, Maharaja Duleep Sighn, was minor. On the other hand, the Indian Minister of State, Mahesh Sharma, has concluded that the matter rest now at the diplomatic level and the Indian Culture Ministry will not make an initiative. This follows the Indian’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s line of allowing Britain to keep the diamond in order to keep the good diplomatic relations.

Koh – I – Noor diamond is the main grown jewel of Queen Mother's Crown and it is forth around 150 Million dollars. Over the decades there have been various attempts to claim the “Mountain of Light” by Pakistan, India, Iran and Afghanistan, as the history of the jewel is long and diverse. In 2010, British Prime Minister made a statement that defined his unbelief in “returns’” and if Britain were to start on that road the British Museum would soon to be empty.

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