We all know about the controversy and the history of the Kohinoor diamond, one of the largest diamonds in the world. Originally unearthed in India, the diamond changed hands multiple times before ending up with the British Empire in 1849.

Kohinoor diamond a gift to British

Picture Source kohinoor diamond a gift to british

A symbol of British imperialism ever since, it has been mired in controversy and mystery, even said to be cursed. According to the legend, any man who wears it would fall victim to the curse, but not if its a woman or a God. The oval-shaped, 105-carat gem is currently on display at the Tower of London, set in a fur-trimmed crown which was lastly worn by the late Queen Mother.

Kohinoor diamond a gift to British

 

Picture Source kohinoor diamond a gift to british

Recently, however, the Indian government is once again making “all possible efforts” to retrieve the legendary and controversial gem which has strong roots in India’s rich history. However, in the midst of this, The Solicitor General of India, Ranjit Kumar has stated that the diamond was “neither stolen nor forcibly taken” but had actually been “gifted” to the British East India Company by Punjab rulers, asking the Supreme Court to not make demands for its return.

Kohinoor cannot be said to be forcibly taken or stolen as it was given by the successors of Maharaja Ranjit Singh to East India Company in 1849 as compensation for helping them in the Sikh wars.

Immediately slammed for his statement by the media and people all over India, Twiteratti took to expressing their outrage at the comments, and they were particularly colorful in their opinions!

kohinoor diamond a gift to british

And some more attacking NaMo, with the hashtag #KeepModiGiveKohinoor going viral!

kohinoor diamond a gift to british

Soon, the Indian Government scrambled to save face, and distanced itself from the Solicitor General’s comments, saying that it still wants the invaluable gemstone back from the British.

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.

Keep tuning in for more and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!