Akhilesh Jha hindu108 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Dec 11 19:55:21 EST 2000


If asking for Kohinoor is fine, why should
someone object to asking for the land, material
and property looted after Hindu temples were
destroyed by Muslim invaders in Bharat?


--- Bharat Gupt <abhinav at DEL3.VSNL.NET.IN> wrote:
> Shrinivas Tilak wrote:
> >     This week, eighteen Rajya Sabha members in
> India have done just
> > that--they have sponsored a motion asking Britain
> that the diamond be
> > returned to India.
> One of the strong campaigners for this has been
> Kuldeep Nayar.
> I suspect that KN has done this to ensure that
> really nothing gets done.
> Why else shall he lobby so strongly for a piece of
> carbon ?
> Lets face it, is Kohinoor a wonder of Indian art or
> culture ?
> Can it be equated with the Elgin marbles... pieces
> of miraculous art
> from one of the holiest temples of Hellas.
> I wonder why Nayar and his fellow  MPs did not
> consult the people of India
> before starting on this request as early as his
> tenure as the Indian HComm.
> Did he and other MP's debate about what are the
> cultural
> priorites of the cultured Indians in asking things
> back from Britain ?  Surely such restorations can
> be
> symbolic and very few,  undertaken only for the sake
> of international goodwill.
> To ask for Kohinoor, that can be claimed by a few
> other nations besides
> India, is a devious way promoting ill-will.
> Another example of bureacratic ignorance compounded
> by legislative hubris !!!
> best,
> Bharat Gupt,  Associate Professor, Delhi University
> PO Box 8518, Ashok Vihar, Delhi 110052  INDIA
> tel 91-11-724 1490, fax 741-5658, email:
> bharatgupt at vsnl.com
> homepage: http://personal.vsnl.com/bharatgupt

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