koh-i-noor diamondA statement from the Indian Ministry of Culture on Tuesday said that the Solicitor General’s views were not those of the Indian government and it “reiterated its resolve to make all possible efforts to bring back the Kohinoor Diamond in an amicable manner.”

Since Narenda Modi assumed the role of Prime Minister two years ago, India has regained several historic pieces — including a 10th-century Indian statue of the goddess Durga from Germany, a nearly 900-year-old ‘Parrot Lady’ sculpture from Canada and antique statues of Hindu deities from Australia.
After one of India’s top government lawyers appeared to side with the British in a long-running dispute over the Kohinoor diamond—a colonial-era acquisition that is one of the most famous gems in Britain’s crown jewels—the Indian government scrambled to backtrack,saying it still wants the priceless rock back from the UK.

“The Government of India remains hopeful for an amicable outcome whereby India gets back a valued piece of art with strong roots in our nation’s history,” a government statement released today (April 19) said.

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The legendary 105.6 carat diamond, whose name means “mountain of light”, is set in the Queen Mother’s crown on display in the Tower of London. It has been the source of a decades-long controversy with claims not just from India but Pakistan too.

The Kohinoor was unearthed in the Golconda mines in central southern India, according to the UK Royal Palace, and passed through the possession of “Mughal princes, Iranian warriors, Afghan rulers and Punjabi Maharajas” before ending up in British hands in 1849.
It was removed from its Indian setting and recut in 1852 as an oval brilliant.

A statement from the Indian Ministry of Culture on Tuesday said that the Solicitor General’s views were not those of the Indian government and it “reiterated its resolve to make all possible efforts to bring back the Kohinoor Diamond in an amicable manner.”

Since Narenda Modi assumed the role of Prime Minister two years ago, India has regained several historic pieces — including a 10th-century Indian statue of the goddess Durga from Germany, a nearly 900-year-old ‘Parrot Lady’ sculpture from Canada and antique statues of Hindu deities from Australia.

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koh-i-noor diamond