British Loot from India to be exhibited in London

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  1. Yusuf

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    Treasures from the Mughal-era, including the gem-set crown worn by Bahadur Shah II, last emperor of the dynasty which ruled India for about 200 years, will be displayed in a major exhibition in the UK.

    Jewels, rare ornaments, paintings and intricately illustrated manuscripts exploring the extravagant lives of the Mughal emperors will feature in the British Library's exhibition, The Telegraph reported.

    The empire ruled in the South Asian subcontinent for more than 400 years and at its peak, the empire encompassed most of present-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

    Among the exhibition's highlights will be the gold and gem-set crown worn by Bahadur Shah II, the last Mughal emperor who ruled from 1837 to 1858, who was deposed and exiled to Burma.

    Set with rubies, emeralds, diamonds, pearls and turquoise, the crown was acquired by Queen Victoria in 1861 and will be on loan from the Royal Collection.

    At an auction of imperial jewels and valuables from his court in Delhi, Bahadur's crown and two throne chairs were bought by Major Robert Tytler of the 38th Regiment of Native Infantry.

    On his return to England in 1860, he offered the items to Queen Victoria, who bought them for 500 pounds the following year.
    @Scalieback

    Mughal treasures to be exhibited in UK - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site
     
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  3. mikhail

    mikhail Senior Member Senior Member

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    and as usual the GOI will stand as a mute spectator and enjoy the exhibition!shame on us for its our wealth that those brits will exhibit in London and still we won't do anything other than ranting:tsk:
     
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    What else can we expect from the Brown Englishmen who fill the British era parliament building, these apologists have better things to do like following in the foot steps of their British fathers looting, dividing, exporting national treasure and continuing with the extended family way. :mad:
     
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    Apart from a few independent MPs. There hasn't been any organized campaign by GoI for the return of these treasures
     
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    well they looted its their now, jiski laathi uski bhaans.
     
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    Osman Ali Khan the last Nizam of Hyderabad on 16 October 2012 was named in list of the 25 richest people across the world who ever lived by US website Celebrity Networth.

    Osman Ali Khan, the Nizam, who ruled Hyderabad between 1886-1967, was ranked sixth in world and the richest in India with $236 billion. He died in 1967 at age of 80.

    The list declared by US website Celebrity Networth was compiled after adjusting the fortunes of people across history for inflation. For example, $100 million in 1913 is equivalent to $2299.63 billion in 2012.

    As per the report, The 25 richest who ever lived had a combined fortune of $4.317 trillion, of which 14 are American.
     
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    IIRC most of the Nizam's jewels are safe with GoI
     
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    Instead of giving a few million pounds of "aid" every year and then moaning about it, they should just hand over all Indian artifacts and treasures currently in Britain, including the Crown Jewels.

    Sooner or later these will all be coming back to India, one way or another.
     
  11. LETHALFORCE

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    These are things UK does during bad economic times to feel good.
     
  12. Ankit Purohit

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    Chor Chor Chor.................
     
  13. Ray

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    I wonder when they will display the loot done by Indians of India.
     
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    I dont think they have it with them.

    The loot done by Indians.
     
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    Once Again let me post another paper of mine written earlier about good things which the british left behind. It is good to redicule the British. For a moment let us see what good came out of British rule from about 1837 AD when British began most of India other than Delhi, Punjab and Sindh.



    British Legacy | Left Behind in India | Good Things


    Good Things, the British Left Behind in India

    By: Hari Sud
    June 28, 2007

    Views expressed here are author’s own and not of this website.




    British deserve to be complimented for integrating all the ethnically diverse but culturally similar principalities in the South Asian sub-continent into one nation. Today we call it, India. They also ended the seven hundred years old Muslim rule in the subcontinent. Hindu majority in the subcontinent was incapable of grabbing power back from the Muslim rulers. They needed a deliverer. British and other European powers arrived in India as traders but became the deliverers, much to the displeasure of Muslims. The latter had come as conquerors from Central Asia & Afghanistan and made India as their home. They spread the Muslim faith to the third of the population and in the process perpetuated untold misery on the majority. Two third Hindu majorities with passive religion had lost their will to fight. They endured whatever was thrown at them. After 1857 they sided with the British, who were busy removing any challenge to their authority. Muslim aristocracy of the Mogul era was hostile to the British Raj. To overcome this, they removed the leadership from its population base and stripped them of their money, power and land. In the absence of all these, any future challenge to British authority was eliminated.

    Within ten years of the British takeover in 1857, the country had been pacified and rule of law & justice established. People"s confidence in the new master soared. T.B. Macauly"s education system began to pay dividends. Lower rank administrative jobs were filled with English educated Hindus and they became the backbone of the Raj. Muslim stayed out of the British education system, as they were totally un-reconciled with the change. It was not until early twentieth century that the Muslim intelligentsia realized their mistake. By then it was too late. Hindu power then, was second to the British only. Now, it was an alternative to the British rule. Early freedom fighter like Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Gopal Krishan Gokhale made resurgent Hindu power as the basis of their self-rule demand.

    With the return of most foreign soldiers from India, after putting down the great Indian Mutiny (First war of Independence 1857), British went looking for politically reliable communities who could provide them recruits for the newly organized Indian Army. Muslim of Delhi and the Gangetic heartland were sidetracked. So were the Brahmins. The latter initiated the Mutiny, hence could not be hired back into the Army. Very cleverly the British selected politically reliable communities who had not participated in the Mutiny or supported the freedom fight. They designated them the “Martial Classes”. Future Indian army recruits came from these communities. Hence Gorkhas, Kumaonis, Sikh, Rohillas, Madrasis, Punjabi Mussalman, Pathans, Dogras, Rajputs from Hills of UP & Punjab became the backbone of new Indian army. The Madrasis & Bengalis provided technical capabilities. The newly organized army safeguarded the Indian border, kept Russian influence in Afghanistan in check and also provided the internal security. This lightly equipped but highly trained army became the backbone of future India. Today, British have been gone for sixty years but the Indian Army still follows the British organization, training and fighting methods.

    By early 1890s, the civil and military organization was as follows. The British “Sahib” sat at the top, but allowed Hindu clerk to run things for him. Judicial system was exclusively British and very fair. Young men of aristocratic background were educated in England in the intricacies of the English judicial system. Back home they provided the necessary legal basis for the justice system. The re-organized Indian army after the Mutiny of 1857, for 70 years stayed officered by the British and soldiered by the Indians. In short this combination became the backbone of the British Raj. A significant number of British regiments were retained in India for internal security, as the British could never forget the 1857 experience. Indians and Muslim officers of the army appeared on the scene only after the WWI.

    Muslim resurgence began early in the twentieth century in Muslim majority areas of Punjab & Bengal and in some places in South India. They grudgingly accepted the British mastery and began to join the civil administration & military services in droves. British needed the Muslim in the administration badly. They realized the growing Hindu influence and wished to counter it. Hence they began the great game of divide and rule. It continued with dire consequences, till they finally left India in 1947. Net impact of divide and rule policy was the creation of the new nation of Pakistan.

    In one hundred years of the British Crown rule over India until 1947, they introduced the British legal and justice system, organized a formidable civil service, provided modern military training and organization to a largely medieval army, re-organized the antiquated tax system which had continued since Emperor Akbar (circa 1600), set-up an export and import system largely for their own benefit but never the less as a basis for future trade, built one of the world"s greatest water irrigation system in Pakistani Punjab, created a rail and road network to facilitate transportation but also to feed the growing import/export trade, extended the T B Macaulay"s education system to include universities and colleges of higher learning and introduced the western dress code which has become universal in India. Last of all we should not forget to mention once again that British ended the Muslim rule over a largely Hindu population in the sub-continent.

    British also failed miserably in few areas like food grain output, which resulted in huge famines, killed the industry and commerce for their own benefit, failed to include social welfare in their agenda, took anything of value out of India and left India on tender hooks when they finally vacated the seat of power. They must also be held responsible for three major wars between India and Pakistan over a Kashmir. They initiated this rivalry.

    India"s eternal thanks will always be due for all the good things the British left behind. On the contrary the economic devastation they perpetuated over an otherwise prosperous nation cannot be forgotten. To summarize, we must be thankful to the British for restoring Hindus to power and also remind them that the present state of economic backwardness in India is their creation.

    Hari Sud
     
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    IIRC, he sent it all out of the country before being deposed. Probably to Pakistan.
     
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    its Turkey, not Pakistan, but do you know his wife and children are still alive and fighting with GOI for left off Jewels in Court.. every year they come once to Hyderabad, India.
     
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    acha he UK me he to abtak sab kuch safe raha, varna yaha india me hota to pata nahi ye bhikhari logo(politicians) ne uska kya kiya hota .....
     

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