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Supporting Shashi Tharoor's demand, UK MP Keith Vaz asks British govt to return Kohinoor diamond to India
Indian-origin British MP Keith Vaz has supported the demand made by Congress MP, Shashi Tharoor that Britain should return the Kohinoor diamond to India. Last week Tharoor during a debate at the Oxford University had made this particular demand along with asking for reparation payments from the UK to India for 200 years of its colonial rule. That particular speech of Shashi Tharoor's went viral and Indian PM Narendra Modi even appreciated it.

Vaz, who is the longest serving British MP of Asian descent termed the issues raised by Shashi Tharoor as genuine. "Pursuing monetary reparations is complex, time consuming and potentially fruitless, but there is no excuse for not returning precious items such as the Kohinoor diamond, a campaign I have backed for many years," said Vaz as per a TOI report.

The UK MP said that as PM Narendra Modi's visit was scheduled in November and Prime Minister Cameron wanted to maintain a strong bilateral relationship with India, so, Cameron should return the diamond to Modi during that visit to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

Kohinoor is considered to be one of the oldest and most famous diamonds in the world, with a long history. It was mined during the medieval times in the Kollur Mine in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district. It was considered as the largest diamond in the world.

The diamond was owned by the Kakatiya dynasty, which had installed it in a temple of a Hindu goddess as her eye. But then it passed on hands of various invaders and was finally seized by the Britishers.

There have been demands for its return to India, most recently in 2013 when Cameron visited India. But till now Britain has refused to entertain any such demands to return the diamond to its country of origin.

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