No documents on Kohinoor demand: MEA

The British Prime Minister has ruled out returning the gem to India


Danish Raza | August 5, 2010

India might have been the jewel in the crown of the British empire but it seems like the country does not care much for the bling in its history.

The external affairs ministry has no documents proving that India ever asked the United Kingdom (UK) goernment to return the Koh-i-noor diamond.

A reply to an RTI application by Lucknow resident Urvashi Sharma reveals that demand for the diamond may have been more of a request and that too made for the sake of appearances. This, despite the government's posturing at various times suggesting that it was indeed serious about getting the diamond home.

The RTI application filed with the Prime Minister’s Office and transferred to the MEA sought certified copies of communication between the governments of India and the UK in connection with bringing back the Kohinoor diamond since 1947.

“The available documents with the concerned division of this ministry with reference of the Kohinoor Diamond do not include any records of correspondence, meeting, decision etc between the two governments,” said the reply from the MEA dated June 24, 2010.

The British East Indian Company took the105 carat gemstone to London after the annexation of Punjab in 1849. Since 1877, the famous diamond has been a part of the Crown Jewels of the monarch.

Many times, after Independence, various governments have spoken of demanding the return of the diamond.

Before the visit of the British prime minister David Cameron earlier this month, Keith Vaz, the Indian-origin British MP, wanted him to discuss the issue with India.

However, Cameron ruled out any possibility of returning the Kohinoor to India.

"What tends to happen with these questions is that if you say yes to one, then you would suddenly find the British Museum empty," he told the media in India.




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