It should be noted that the staff of the Indian diplomatic mission in Albion will send petitions to various institutions with a request for the transfer of colonial era “spoils of war” to New Delhi. The massive campaign will begin this year. Meanwhile, it is reported that the Oxford Ashmolean Museum has already received a letter from the embassy: they owe the Hindus a bronze idol stolen from a temple in the south of the former colony. The project will be overseen by the Archaeological Survey of India, which is part of the country’s Ministry of Culture.
According to the department’s secretary, Govind Mohan, the campaign for the return of the relics to their historic homeland will become a key foreign policy direction of current Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “This is of great importance to the government. The emphasis of these efforts to repatriate Indian artefacts is due to the personal commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has made this one of the top priorities,” said explained Prime Minister Mohan. It should be noted that New Delhi had previously demanded that London return artefacts looted by imperial explorers. However, The Telegraph believe this campaign will go down in history as the biggest repatriation trial Albion has ever seen.
However, despite the global nature of the “rescue” operation, its “inspiration” was the legendary diamond “Kohinoor” (“Mountain of Light”). According to ministerial circles in New Delhi, the return of the historically significant artifact will be “deeply symbolic”. According to one version, the gem was mined in southern India in the 13th century. Over the years it belonged to Indians, Pakistanis, Persians and Afghans, and with the accession of Punjab to the British Empire in 1849, it found itself in the “box” of Queen Victoria of England.
Later, the 186-carat “Mountain of Light” was recut and nearly halved. The stone once adorned Queen Alexandra’s crown, then crowned Queen Mary’s “headdress”, and now sparkles in the precious constellation of the late Queen Mother’s Tiara. After gaining independence in 1947, India repeatedly requested the return of the Kohinoors, but to no avail. The death of Queen Elizabeth II last September was the reason for decisive action in the fight for the stone, especially since the head of the British government is a prime minister of Punjabi origin. And yet, it’s unclear whether Rishi Sunak will want to help return the stolen relics to the homeland of his ancestors.
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