Monday, April 18, 2016

728 Mr. David Cameron, and Queen Elizabeth II, should be ashamed of retaining objects obtained by coercion and under duress !!!

It is a regretable thing that Solicitor General Shri Ranjit kumar, in response to the PIL on bringing back the Kohinoor Diamond back to India, seems to have erred in presenting his arguments. It is good that the CJI T.S. Thakur has given an opportunity to the SG and the GOI to present a revised Affidavit. According to DeccanChronicle.Com(click-to-goto) dated 19th Apr. 2016, the Centre has informed the Supreme Court that it cannot stake a claim to the Kohinoor diamond, as it was not stolen or forcibly taken.

Another incorrect information submitted by Mr. Ranjit Kumar on the basis of the information reported to have been given to him by the Ministry of Culture, that the diamond was taken from a mine in Masulipatnam on the River Godavari. Even a 10 year boy will tell that the diamond was taken from a mine in "kOLLuru" on River Krishna, in Guntur District. The name of Masulipatnam town might have appeared because during early British Rule, kOLLuru Area of Guntur District was a part of Masulipatnam District (Krishna District), and a separate Guntur Dist. was not formed.

The submission by Shri Ranjit Kumar that the diamond was not stolen or obtained by force, is also not correct. The diamond was in fact obtained by Lord Dalhousie, the then Governor General of India, UNDER DURESS, BY USING HIS UNDUE INFLUENCE ON THE THEN RULER OF PUNJAB, DULEEP SINGH.

According to Indian-origin British MP Keith Vaz, the longest serving MP of Asian origin in England, Duleep Singh was ordered to personally "gift" the Kohinoor to the Queen of England.

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After the subjugation of Punjab in the Second Sikh War in 1849, Duleep Singh, the last Sikh ruler of the Punjab, was ordered by then Governor General of India, Lord Dalhousie, to give the Kohinoor to the Queen personally.

According a report in The Independent, the viceroy, in a letter to a friend in 1849, wrote: "My motive was simply this: That it was more for the honour of the Queen that the Koh-i-Noor should be surrendered directly from the hand of the conquered prince into the hands of the sovereign who was his conqueror, than it should be presented to her as a gift."

The lackadaisical approach (उदासीन दमलोला ढंग) of the Central Government appears to be from its unwillingness to displease U.K. The Central Government may be begging British Government for several favors, such as foreign investments, support for Membership in Security Council, help to Indian leaders and industrialists to purchase prime Real Estate in Central London, maintain confidentiality in case of illegal moneys stashed by Indians in British Tax Havens, not to expeditiously extradite Vijay Mallya, when Indian Government makes an Extradition request, delay/refuse on some flimsy grounds or other, ... it can be any favor. But even if the Indian Government keeps mum on Kohinoor Diamond, there is no certainty that British Government will co-operate elsewhere.

In Telugu language, there is a proverb: "cinta caccinA pulupu cAvanaTlu". Approx. English: "Like the Tamarind Tree which does not lose its sour taste, even after its death." Though Britain has lost most of its colonies, England has not learnt any lessons, and it has not lost its colonial character.

We can see what Mr. David Cameron, the British Prime Minister is reported to have said on this subject:

"...If you say yes to one you suddenly find the British Museum would be empty. ..." "...I think I'm afraid to say, to disappoint all your viewers, it's going to have to stay put. ..." "...The exact provenance of the diamond is unclear. ..."

ybrao-a-donkey's humble comments. वैबीराव एक गधे के विनम्र राय . వైబీరావ్ గాడిద వినమ్ర వాణి. You have every right to differ with me. I respect your right. आपको मेरे मत से भिन्न राय रखने के संपूर्ण हक है। मै उस अधिकार को परिपूर्ण रूप से गौरव देता हुँ. మీకు, మీ భిన్నమైన అభిప్రాయాన్ని కలిగిఉండే సంపూర్ణ హక్కు ఉంది. దానిని ఎంతో నేను గౌరవిస్తాను. However, pl. examine this donkey's views also. परन्तु एस गधे के दृष्टिकोण को भी अनुशीलन कीजिये. కానీ ఈ గాడిద దృష్టికోణాన్ని కూడ ఓర చూపుతో కంటజూడుమీ, క్రీగంట జూడమీ.

Did Mr. David Cameron mean to say, that the British Museum is full of OBJECTS OBTAINED FROM COLONIES UNDER DURESS OR COERCION ? Did the East India Company and the British Government fill their Treasuries and Museums with plundered objects?

Actually, Mr. Cameron ought to have voluntarily apologised for the past historical atrocities and oppressions, and offered the Indian Government to take back their legitimate objects. This would have salvaged the ethical state of the 21st Century England, whatever be their past.


Attorney Generals and Solicitor Generals are not expected to function like "postmen" or "emails", i.e. just carrying the messages from Govt. to Court, and from Court to the Government. Attorney Generals and Solicitor Generals are not Government Clerks. They have to guide the Government properly, about long term consequences of taking any particular position. If the Govt. still persists with their instructions, then the Attorney Generals , Solicitor Generals will not have any alternatives except to comply with Govt's instructions.

Subject to corrections and deletions. To continue. सशेष. ఇంకా ఉంది.

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