Oh dear me, it’s the Elgin Marbles all over again! A group of Bollywood stars, together with influential Indian businessmen intend suing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd in the High Court, London, for the return of the famous 5,000-year-old, 105 carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, discovered in the Punjab region, and said to be worth £100 million, that currently resides in the Coronation Crown. Presented to Queen Victoria in 1851 by the British Governor-General of India, those individuals demanding the return of the monster diamond, insist the shiny bauble was not a gift for modernising India, but was in fact the spoils of war! F**k me, no good deed ever goes unpunished, does it? Britain may well have started out as a murderous, invading force, but it give the India the railways, the civil service, and an educational system that is used today. Err, it’s a pity we no longer use it ourselves! And with British involvement in petitioning part of the country in order to create Pakistan, didn’t colonial Britain help prevent Sikhs and Muslims from slaughtering one another? India would probably not be the developing nation it is today if it wasn’t for British influence. Tata Industries would not exist, and Jaguar/Land Rover may well still be under British ownership! Nor would there be hundreds of telesales ‘call centres’ in Mumbai bothering us Brits 7-days-a-week! Still, if the Queen has to give back the Koh-i-Noor diamond, she could always replace it in the Coronation Crown with paste from the Theo Fennell online range, or perhaps a ‘tasteful’ piece of Butler & Wilson costume jewellery? If the diamond is eventually lost to the nation, I wonder if local residents in Bushey, Hertfordshire will take umbrage and rename Koh-i-Noor Avenue?
Since the Punjab is part of Pakistan since 1947, Pakistani attorney Jawaid Iqbal Jafree has filed a court petition for the return of the diamond to Pakistan!