The history of Kohinoor diamond

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The history of Kohinoor diamond
  • The Kohinoor originally belonged to the Kakatiya Dynasty in 13th century.
  • From Kakatiya, it went into many hands from Khilji to Mughals and later to Ahmad Shah.
  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh, ruler of the Sikh empire acquired it but after his death in 1839, the British acquired it in under the treaty of Lahore.
  • The treaty mentioned that Kohinoor was surrendered to Queen of England.

What is Kohinoor Diamond?

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The Koh-i-Noor Diamond was mined at Kollur mine in Andhra Pradesh. It was measured as 793 carats originally. It was once the largest known diamond, but now it is a 105.6 metric carat diamond, weighing 21.6 grams in its most recent cut state.

Kohinoor won't be returned: Cameron

30 Jul 2010
Kohinoor won't be returned: Cameron
  • British PM David Cameron, who was on a 3 day visit to India, had ruled out the return of Kohinoor to India.
  • He said that if they would agree to such demands, the British museum would become empty soon.
  • He said that there were many arguments about the original custody of the diamond and the truth would disappoint the people of India.

A myth about Kohinoor Diamond

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According to a myth, the gem can only be worn by God or women, and whoever wears the jewel will become extremely powerful. However, if a man wears it, he will meet with an unfortunate end.

Return Kohinoor to India: Keith Vaz

29 Jul 2015
Return Kohinoor to India: Keith Vaz
  • Keith Vaz, the longest serving Asian origin MP in UK, called for the return of Kohinoor to India.
  • He said that there was no excuse for not returning precious items such as Kohinoor diamond to India.
  • He had said that it would be a great gesture on the UK PM Cameron's part if PM Modi is presented the diamond on his UK visit.

British Queen sued by Indians for Kohinoor

9 Nov 2015
British Queen sued by Indians for Kohinoor
  • A group called Mountain of Light, consisting of Bollywood stars and businessmen, have sued the Queen of England.
  • They had instructed their lawyers to begin legal proceedings against the Queen in London's High Court to return the Kohinoor Diamond.
  • British lawyers said that their case would be based on the Holocaust act which gives national institutions in UK the power to return stolen items.

Can't stake claim on Kohinoor: Centre to SC

18 Mar 2016
Can't stake claim on Kohinoor: Centre to SC
  • The Centre told the SC that India shouldn't lay claim to the famous Kohinoor diamond as "it was neither stolen nor forcibly taken away".
  • Expressing the Culture Ministry's stand, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar said that the 105-karat Kohinoor was handed over willingly by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to East India Company.
  • The Kohinoor is part of Queen Elizabeth II's crown, worth almost $200 million.

Govt: Will bring back Kohinoor

20 Apr 2016
Govt: Will bring back Kohinoor
  • Days after the Centre told the Supreme Court that the Kohinoor could not be brought back as it was not stolen by the British but gifted, the Centre has made a U-turn.
  • The Culture Ministry said it was making all efforts to bring the diamond back to India.
  • The Ministry also refuted media reports regarding the Centre's alleged communique to the SC.

No legal ground for restoring Kohinoor: Britain

27 Jul 2016
No legal ground for restoring Kohinoor: Britain
  • Amidst Indian Government's attempts to stake claims over the Kohinoor diamond, Britain brought to notice the lack of legal ground for restitution for the same.
  • Alok Sharma, Britain's new minister for Asia and Pacific is on a 3-day visit to India. He said, "It is the UK Government's view that there aren't any legal ground for restitution of the diamond."