Do diamonds matter?


As India asks the UK for the thousands of treasures it wants back which hold cultural significance in India's history which had been taken during the reign of the British Empire, the demand for the most valuable diamond in the world, Koh-i-Noor comes up.

The Koh-i-Noor has been in the British Royal Family's Crown since 1849. But the Koh-i-Noor has been a disputed diamond between India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The Government of India first demanded the return of the Koh-i-Noor as soon as independence was granted in 1947. A second request followed in 1953, the year of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Each time, the British Government rejected the claims. In 1976, Pakistan asserted its ownership of the diamond. But it was too rejected. In 2000, the Taliban's foreign affairs spokesman, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, said the Koh-i-Noor was the legitimate property of Afghanistan and demanded that it be handed over to them. But it was rejected too.

The diamond has been rejected so many times by the British Government by the countries who have claimed it because maybe the Royal Family or the UK has many historical ties with it. But this is a question that could cause disputes in the relations between countries. The diamond holds cultural significance in many countries but who really has the right to keep it with themselves? Even if the diamond is handed over to one of the countries, it may cause the ruining of the relations between countries as seen in the diamond's history when it was passed from empire to empire and country from country.

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  • Nice work.You have mentioned about an very important issue which is ownership which is raising in many parts of the world especially between countries one of which is the issue of Nile river which is an natural source for which many countries are fighting like wise we do not know the origin of many things which are considered as the wealth of the last owners.

  • Hi Trusting_Theory - the future of the Koh-I-Noor diamond is certainly an interesting topic and so controversial that a different crown was used at the coronation. Who do you think has the strongest claim to keep the diamond? Could you tell us why?