British PM praises Tata but says no to Koh-i-noor
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who praised Tata Motors earlier during his three days visit to India, revealed that the 109 carat Koh-i-noor diamond will not be returned to India
During his speech on the final day, which was addressed towards increasing investments and trade relations between India and Britain, Cameron stated that the Koh-i-noor diamond will not be returned. India has made repeated requests to Britain for returning the Koh-i-noor diamond. But all of them have been turned down.
This time, there was a little hope, as David Cameron not only became the first serving PM to express his anguish for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, he also praised Indian vehicles manufacturer, Tata Motors, who own the British brand Jaguar Land Rover. British PM said that he was happy the way Tata Motors had dealt with JLR, after they overtook from Ford in 2008. Once a loss-making firm, today JLR is not only making profits, but also providing new jobs to Britain and with further plans of bilion dollar investments, the future looks even brighter for JLR.
Koh-i-noor, which in urdu means ‘Mountain of Light’, has a history which dates back to 1306. The Koh-i-noor was originally weighed 186 carats. But in order to improve its brilliance, Prince Albert ordered to recut Koh-i-noor diamond, which today weighs 109 carats, 42% less than the original uncut version.
According to Hindu religion, the diamond can only be worn by either a God or woman. If a man wears the Kohi-i-noor, he will be punished. The saying has been followed by the British as well, as only female royals have worn the jewel till date.
Over centuries, Indian Maharajas fought over Koh-i-noor, before it was surrendered to the East India Company as a part of Treaty of Lahore in 1849. The Koh-i-noor was then presented to Queen Victoria in 1850. Today, its sits on the Crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother along with other Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.