India to drag the Queen to court for "stolen" £100m Koh-i-Noor diamond

The Koh-i-Noor was once the world’s largest diamond

Whether the £100m Koh-i-Noor diamond was stolen by the British or gifted to them is a never-ending debate. But now a group of Indian campaigners have launched a legal tirade against the Queen and want her to return the diamond to India.

The diamond was studded in the crown worn by the Queen Mother at the coronation of her husband King George VI in 1937 and again at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.

The Indian campaigners have called their group “Mountain of Light” after the translation of the stone’s name. They claim that the 105-carat diamond was stolen from India and are demanding the UK returns it.

The other theory is that the jewel was gifted to the reigning Queen of the time by the last ruler of the Sikhs, Duleep Singh.

David de Souza from the Indian leisure group Tito’s said the stone is “one of the many artefacts taken from India under dubious circumstances”.

Historian Andrew Roberts told the Daily Mail: “Those involved in this ludicrous case should recognise that the British Crown Jewels is precisely the right place for the Koh-i-Noor diamond to reside, in grateful recognition for over three centuries of British involvement in India, which led to the modernisation, development, protection, agrarian advance, linguistic unification and ultimately the democratisation of the sub-continent.”

 

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Readers' comments (4)

  • If the diamond was given to Queen Victoria as a gift, which understand is the case, title to it passed on delivery and it became the property of Queen Victoria. She had the right to do with it as she pleased and it passed through several generations and ended up as part of the Crown Jewels. On this basis the Indians have no claim. .

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  • These Indians should be thankful that British civilised them. Also, how much Britain has paid them in immigration and Indians are rich in UK. Have all these Indians gather money to send back to India. See how bad they treated Sikhs. Jalianwala BAgk was a minor compared to what Uncivilised Indians have done to Sikhs.

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  • I agree with Ian and believe it should stay where it is.
    By the way, did all the rulers of India since Shivaji and before give back what they received/took during their conquests?

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  • Anonymous

    How much does India receive as foreign aid every year?

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