Koh-i-Noor diamond is ours -Cameron

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    Britain to India: Diamond in royal crown is ours | Reuters

    (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron says a giant diamond his country forced India to hand over in the colonial era that was set in the late Queen Elizabeth I's crown will not be returned.

    Speaking on the third and final day of a visit to India aimed at drumming up trade and investment, Cameron ruled out handing back the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, now on display in the Tower of London.

    One of the world's largest diamonds, some Indians - including independence leader Mahatma Gandhi's grandson - have demanded its return to atone for Britain's colonial past.

    "I don't think that's the right approach," Cameron told reporters on Wednesday after becoming the first serving British prime minister to voice regret about one of the bloodiest episodes in colonial India, a massacre of unarmed civilians in the city of Amritsar in 1919.

    "It is the same question with the Elgin Marbles," he said, referring to the classical Greek marble sculptures that Athens has long demanded be given back.

    "The right answer is for the British Museum and other cultural institutions to do exactly what they do, which is to link up with other institutions around the world to make sure that the things which we have and look after so well are properly shared with people around the world.

    "I certainly don't believe in 'returnism', as it were. I don't think that's sensible."

    Britain's then colonial governor-general of India arranged for the huge diamond to be presented to Queen Victoria in 1850.

    If Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William, who is second in line to the throne, eventually becomes queen consort she will don the crown holding the diamond on official occasions.

    When Elizabeth II made a state visit to India to mark the 50th anniversary of India's independence from Britain in 1997, many Indians demanded the return of the diamond.

    Cameron is keen to tap into India's economic rise, but says he is anxious to focus on the present and future rather than "reach back" into the past.

    (Reporting By Andrew Osborn; Editing by Michael Roddy)
     
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    Typical cheeky British sob's. Honestly as India's clout grows, it will have to force Britain to give up the diamond if it ever wants it back.
     
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    Well what is India/ Indians planning to do with the diamond ? gift it to Prathiba Patil or put it in Pranab Mukherjis crown ? Cameron is here to invest in the country , he could take his money and go to China , where no one will ask him silly question motivated by right winged politicians . Also how would you like if I asked you to vacate your house and hand it over to me because, the person who sold you his house is my fellow Indian( and hence I have a say in the matter) and I believe that just because he didnt have money , he was forced to sell you his house to you ....so legitimately, your house belongs to me . Could you please also point me to a court that would entertain my claim or a lawyer willing to take up my case?
     
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    Am I sounding like Blackwater? ;) :rofl:
     
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    It should be stolen. :cool2:

    Let us make 'Indian Job'.
     
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    jiski lathi uski bhaans. they have it they can keep it
     
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    chor machaye shor.
     
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    Who knows this topless queen of Britain have to wear Burqa as Pakis would take control sometime... she would wear crown over her burqa.:taunt:

    Anyway... no use of asking diamonds... its too late... rather control whole Britain... Britain needs to be ours... or better Pakis can take it from our behalf ... they are already on their mission ie. breeding their British white women and converting. :lol:
     
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    He's not here to invest but to attract Indian investment and talent.
     
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    What does right wing have to do with this. :notsure:
     
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    Kohinoor is more a symbolism for British colonial rule it would have been a goodwill
    gesture but Britain does not seem to want to break away from their colonial history.
     
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    Going by online forums, it seems most Brits are very nostalgic of the days of Empire and good old Injaa.
     
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    At one time the sun never set on the British empire and recent times there
    has been no sun.
     
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    Imho there are more important things at hand for india than arguing about a diamond need those fdi's from britian to kick in if it has any
     

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