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The Koh-I-Noor to return to India

Will Queen Elizabeth II return the Koh-I-Noor to India?

It seem that the Koh-I-Noor with its long history is not at rest. In these days a united businessmen and Bollywood actors are getting together on one mission: Get the Koh-I-Noor back to its homeland, India.

The 105.06 carat diamond, worth over £100 million, and set in the Queen’s crown was fought for, stolen and eventually given to Queen Victoria by the last ruler of the Sikhs, Duleep Singh, after the British conquered Punjab.

Although the Koh-I-Noor, that originally weigh 186 carat and only later was cut to its current weight as demanded by Prince Albert, has been part of the crown jewels through several reigns it might have to return to India.

The diamond was worn by Queen Victoria, Queen Alexandra (wife of King Edward VII), Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. The diamond is wore only by female members of the British Royal Family. This is due to an alleged curse on the Kohinoor that affects males who wear it (but females are immune).

The Bollywood stars and businessmen wishing to return the Koh-I-Noor to India, and to Indian nation its pride. They instructed their lawyers to begin legal proceeding in London’s High Court and are willing to take it farther to International Court of Justice.

This group of influential people is not alone in their fight for the Koh-I-Noor. Indian-origin British MP Keith Vatz called last week for the diamond to be returned to India next week, while Prime Minister Nerandra Modi visit the UK. This came as a response to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s recent speak at the Oxford Union calling Britain to pay compensation to India for the 200 years of its brutal colonial rule. However, the British feel the diamond is where it should be as it was part of a legally bind treaty.  

Bollywood stars and businessmen instruct lawyers to begin legal proceedings in London’s High Court. They are demanding that the Government return the 105-carat diamond, which they say was stolen from its true home. So far the British refused the request.

British lawyers instructed by the ‘Mountain of Light’ group, the translation of Koh-i-Noor, are looking to deal with the case on the basis of the Holocaust Act, demanding the return of cultural object from national institutions in the UK to their legal owners.

The Koh-I-Noor can be seen at The Tower of London with the crown jewels but it is yet unclear if it will stay there or returned to India.

Where do you think the Koh-I-Noor should reside?

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