Many Indians Are Calling for the Kohinoor Diamond’s Return Following the Death of Queen Elizabeth II. On September 8, shortly after the death of the British queen Queen Elizabeth II, the word “Kohinoor” started trending on Indian Twitter.
It made reference to one of the most well-known jewels in the world. The Kohinoor diamond, a 105-carat oval-shaped brilliant, is the legendary “jewel in the crown” despite being just one of 2,800 gems put in the crown created for Elizabeth’s mother, sometimes known as the Queen Mother.
It is infamous in India for the manner in which the British obtained it.
Shah Shujah Durrani, the ruler of Afghanistan, gave it to the Sikh Maharajah Ranjit Singh, who later took it back to India. The British then acquired it as part of their annexation of Punjab. The stone was acquired by the East India Company in the late 1840s after the 10-year-old Maharajah Dunjeep Singh was forced to give up his territories and assets.
Queen Victoria was then given the jewel by the corporation. It was recut at the request of her consort, Prince Albert, and set in the crowns of Queen Mary and Queen Alexandra before being added to the Queen Mother’s in 1937.
In what is now Andhra Pradesh, the Kohinoor diamond was mined. When it was acquired by the British, it was thought to be 793 carats in its uncut state. In 1937, the stone underwent a new cutting and was set in the Queen Mother’s crown. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and Afghanistan have all staked claims to the diamond.
The gem’s future has not been disclosed, but the possibility that it may stay in the U.K. has led numerous Twitter users in India to call for its return.
“If the King is not going to wear Kohinoor, give it back,” wrote one.
Another person claimed that the British “stole” the diamond and “made wealth” out of “death,” “famine,” and “looting.”
Saurav Dutt, a British-Indian author and political analyst, claims the likelihood.
The return of the diamond has been demanded previously. The diamond was requested by the government after India gained independence in 1947. In the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, India made yet another demand. These demands were ignored by the U.K., which claimed that there was no justification for returning the Kohinoor to India.
Saurav Dutt, a British-Indian novelist and political analyst, believes it is unlikely that the U.K. will hand over the diamond.
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