British Took Kohinoor By force, But So Did The Indians: William Dalrymple

Over the past week, the fabled Kohinoor diamond has been back in the news. The Indian government told the court that the diamond was “gifted” and not forcefully taken away by the British. The statement acted as a catalyst to a fervent debate on whether the precious rock should finally be brought back to India.
IndianExpress.com consulted historian/author William Dalrymple — currently working on his forthcoming novel Kohinoor along with Anita Anand — to understand the complex history of the diamond. He spoke about the ambiguous position that the Kohinoor holds in India’s history, issues of national pride and historical consciousness that is part of the ensuing debate surrounding it.
– See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/research/british-took-kohinoor-by-force-but-so-did-the-indians-william-dalrymple-explains-complex-history-of-diamond-2774547/#sthash.j3sUSbhr.dpuf

Over the past week, the fabled Kohinoor diamond has been back in the news. The Indian government told the court that the diamond was “gifted” and not forcefully taken away by the British. The statement acted as a catalyst to a fervent debate on whether the precious rock should finally be brought back to India. IndianExpress.com consulted historian/author William Dalrymple — currently working on his forthcoming novel Kohinoor along with Anita Anand — to understand the complex history of the diamond. He spoke about the ambiguous position that the Kohinoor holds in India’s history, issues of national pride and historical consciousness that is part of the ensuing debate surrounding it. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/research/british-took-kohinoor-by-force-but-so-did-the-indians-william-dalrymple-explains-complex-history-of-diamond-2774547/#sthash.j3sUSbhr.dpuf

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    Mavala
    Apr 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm
    Why do Indians need a white man of dubious achievement, tell them your history? The closest whitness allows you to do that, is be a fake turban wearing chef and talk about haggis, in other words mocks you whilst you drape your self in the boring drab of an invented hegomoney about their ancient past. WD will be better suited to comment on his ancestors appropriations. Indian Express must be crowded by subserviant editors that report on what a lay about family (Windsors) are up rather than give any coverage of Hillsborough, where after many years using European legislation the court said that the police stiched up the victims. Go on Willie, stick to your stories, we can look after ours.
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      ANAND IYER
      Apr 29, 2016 at 5:11 am
      One more fairy tale from a writer of dubious history novels...!!
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        avi
        Apr 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm
        His writings are well researched and factual. He has no business as a Brit to wade into this controversy to protect past imperial interests, which alone involves Indians !
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          avi
          Apr 30, 2016 at 9:42 pm
          Kohinoor belonged within the Indian subcontinent. If one local ruler took it away from another, it was within India. It had noting to do with British Imperialism which looted the world of its treasures and when withdrawing divided it miserably !?
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            Gajapokiri
            Apr 29, 2016 at 2:41 pm
            My only question to the great impartial historian Dr. Dalrymple is this:lt;br/gt;What business your Majesty has to rule over the Ilha de Malvinas (Falkland Islands) and Gibraltar? Just by putting your people in a land does it belong to you? You have the great Uncle San to guard over you and so history will be on your side.. History is always “ HIS (WINNER’S) Story
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