David Cameron went on his first presidential trip to India in the summer of 2010. His trip there was flagged by many powerful leaders from Britain, from business leaders to politicians. During his trip, he gave an interview to some local channel that was broadcast live – normally, affairs in India don’t really peak my interest unless there is a good amount of Western involvement or shade to the whole concept or news story, so I managed to catch it somewhat. During the interview, the Prime Minister was very rudely asked about handing over the Koh-i-noor Diamond, that Britain had apparently acquired. I’m not entirely sure how something as worthless as the Koh-i-noor ended up in the country’s possession but I support the idea of giving it back, if it is hidden away somewhere in the country.
That diamond has actually been claimed to belong to many generations of conquerors, from the Rajputs to the Mughals but there is no evidence to support the claim that Britain possesses it but the loud whispers don’t really seem to stop. It is also considered to be an unlucky piece of jewel. The jewel has been embroiled with controversies for generations: the Koh-i-noor is believed to have originated in Andhra Pradesh in India and it was even mentioned in the Mughal Emperor Babur’s memoirs.
I do not have anything against the diamond and the stories surrounding it are very interesting indeed but it is a ridiculous suggestion that Great Britain would loot a poor country, such as India for an unlucky diamond when diamonds from South Africa are widely recognized as being one of the best in the world. I really cannot connect the dots there as to how Britain could even be regarded responsible for such acts in the consciousness of people in India, even though there is no such rumour prevalent in South Africa, despite the fact that South Africa was colonized by Britain, alongside the Dutch.
Lord Ramsay is believed to have confiscated the jewel for the Queen but this just sounds like bitter disappointment on the Indians’ part for the British not having executed the will of some local ruler. I refuse to believe Britain was such an absolute idiot for a certain period of time, they thought it acceptable to be looting a priceless Indian jewel. I feel that it does not really matter who confiscated it, but I can never accept the thought that the Queen of all people, be associated with this jewel. The Queen’s crown is glorious, it represents the United Kingdom’s monarchy – it’s glittering and shinning, for years, and for many years to come and it’s very beautiful and pure.