Tushar Gandhi asks Britain to return Koh-i-noor diamond

March 2nd, 2009 - 2:23 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 2 (ANI): Mahatma Gandhis great grandson Tushar Gandhi has asked Britain to return the famous Koh-i-noor diamond to India after successfully spearheading a campaign to stop the sale of Gandhis spectacles and sandals in New York.

Tushar Gandhi (49), urged the Indian Government to do more to return other treasures, including the Koh-i-noor diamond, which was presented to Queen Victoria in 1850.

The Koh-i-noor diamond is something that rightfully belongs to India, The Times quoted Tushar Gandhi, who heads the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, as saying.

If the jewels of Windsor were held by an Arab sheikh, then Britain wouldnt really like that. Id love to see it back in India. Returning it would be atonement for the colonial past.

He also praised the Government for agreeing to try to halt the sale on Wednesday and Thursday of belongings of Gandhi, including a pocket watch, bowl and plate.

Tushar Gandhi has been joined by several Indian parliamentarians in condemning the auction as an insult to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian Independence movement.

In 2007 the Indian Culture Ministry obtained a letter written by Mahatma Gandhi shortly before his death after persuading Christies to withdraw it from an auction. (ANI)

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