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Exploring ways to bring back Kohinoor, Ministry of External Affairs informs Lok Sabha

The 108-carat Kohinoor diamond was presented to the then British monarch,Queen Alexandra, in 1850 after the Anglo-Sikh wars, in which Britain gained control over the Sikh empire in the then undivided Punjab.

The 108-carat Kohinoor diamond was presented to the then British monarch,Queen Alexandra, in 1850 after the Anglo-Sikh wars, in which Britain gained control over the Sikh empire in the then undivided Punjab.   | Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES

The government is engaged with relevant authorities abroad to explore ways to bring back the Kohinoor diamond and other Indian antiquities, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh said on July 18.

The Minister, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, said mindful of the sentiments expressed by Indians and Parliament, the Ministry of External Affairs after getting information from the Archaeological Survey of India, has time and again raised the issue of the return of Kohinoor and other antiquities, with relevant authorities abroad.

His response came to a question on whether the Ministry had made efforts to bring back the priceless Indian antiquities, including the Kohinoor diamond, taken away by the country’s colonial masters and invaders.

“The government is continuing to explore ways and means for obtaining a satisfactory resolution of the matter,” the Minister said.

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