New Delhi: A strong plea to bring back the Kohinoor diamond from Britain was made by a BJD member in Lok Sabha today, which got instant support from several members including those from the Akali Dal.
Raising the issue in Zero Hour, Bhartruhari Mahtab dismissed the talk that the diamond was given as a gift to the British and insisted that it was taken by them as forcibly from Duleep Singh, son of noted Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Mahtab said the situation in which the diamond went to the British after the 1849 Ango-Sikh war was vividly described in a letter written by the British political agent stationed in Lahore to Governor General Lord Dalhousie.
Noting that Kohinoor was the prestige of the nation, he said the way it had gone to the Queen of England was an “act of cheating” and a “surrender under duress”. He said the British had committed untold plunder during the colonial rule.
He said the Maharaja wanted to donate the diamond to the Puri temple like he had made gifts to the Golden Temple and Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Making a strong plea, he said the calligraphic material detailing the situation under which the diamond was taken away should be retrieved by the government from archieves.