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India renounces claim to Koh-I-Nor

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Why bother with a post grad? Are they even worth it? Have your say! 26-10-2016
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    From April but never the less
    Well technically speaking the AG said it but seeing as advises/represents India and her legal system, being one of the highest possible posts, surely that says something about their views? Even if the culture ministry still asks for it back :rolleyes:
    India’s government told the Supreme Court on April 18 that it will not request the return of the 106-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, which is now part of the British crown jewels.
    India’s solicitor general told the court, during a petition filed by a rights group asking for the return of the diamond,crown that Britain shouldn’t have to give the diamond back because it had been given freely to the British in the mid-19th century by the family of Punjab’s Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and had been “neither stolen nor forcibly taken by the British.”
    The diamond is on display in the Tower of London, set in front of the Queen Mother’s crown.
    For some Indians, the loss of the Koh-i-Noor is symbolic of India’s subjugation under British colonial rule, and its return is viewed as partial compensation for centuries of economic exploitation.
    The Koh-i-Noor, which means “Mountain of Light,” was discovered in the Golconda mines in the current southern state of Andhra Pradesh. The large, un-tinted diamond then passed between Mughal princes, Iranian warriors, Afghan rulers and Punjabi Maharajas before it was given in 1849 to the East India Company, which then offered it to the then British queen.
    Now that’s settled, perhaps the present Queen can finally relax and fully enjoy her 90th !
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