Surat : Recently, people in Georgia celebrated the nobel act of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when India paid tributes to Saint Queen Ketevan, who was martyred in Iran in 1624, when her relics preserved in Goa were returned to the Georgian government. Similarly, people in India have requested the Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, to return ‘Kohinoor’ diamond.
Hardik Hundiya, diamond industry analyst and founder of ‘International Diamond Day’, in a letter addressed to UK’s Prime Minister, has requested him to return the Kohinoor diamond to India. Hundiya stated that Kohinoor diamond is India’s property and is currently part of the royal gems and jewellery collection in the Jewel House at the Tower of London.
Talking with TBT, Hundiya said, “PM Modi has always given the message of brotherhood and peace to the world. Recently, he returned the relics of Saint Queen Ketevan of the Georgian origin to the President of Georgia, which was preserved in Goa. This selfless act gave the people of Georgia a reason to celebrate the memories of their history”
Hundiya added, “Kohinoor diamond is the pride of India and we have requested the UK Prime Minister to follow the footsteps of PM Modi by returning the precious jewel and give the message of love and peace to the world”
According to Hundiya, he has sent the copy of the letter addressed to UK’s Prime Minister to PM Modi, the World Diamond Bourse (WDB), government departments of various countries for supporting the cause of bringing back the Kohinoor diamond to india.
“India is celebrating its 75th Independence Day as Amrit Mohatsav. On this occasion, I urge the Central Government to make serious efforts to bring back the pride of India (Kohinoor diamond).
History of Kohinoor diamond
The history of Kohinoor diamond dates back to the 13th century. Mughal Emperor Babur had described Kohinoor diamonds as ‘worth the value of one day’s food for all the people in the world’. This diamond was never bought or sold as it changed many hands and travelled through several dynasties in India including the Khiljis, the Mughals, the Persians, the Afghans and the British, before ending up at the Tower of London. Kohinoor diamond weighs about 793 carats and originated in India’s Golconda mines under the rule of Kakatiya dynasty. The priceless diamond was set in Shah Jahan’s legendary Peacock throne once. It was on April 6, 1850, Kohinoor left the Indian shores on board of HMS Medea. The diamond was so transported to London that even the ship’s captain was not aware about the priceless cargo he was carrying. Later, Kohinoor was formally handed over to Queen Victoria in a grand event organised at Hyde Park in London.