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Post time 2010-6-1 18:31:31 |Display all floors
Indian authorities have announced they will try to recover and retrieve thousands of allegedly looted objects held in Western museums. The head of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Dr. Gautam Sengupta, told The Independent that the list of his country's treasures held abroad was "too long to handle" and there was a need for a "diplomatic and legal campaign" for their restitution from institutions including the British Museum, the Royal Collection and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Among the items that are being targeted for retrieval are the Koh-i-Noor diamond "presented" to Queen Victoria in 1849 by Dilip Singh, the youngest son of Ranjit Singh, the Maharaja of Lahore. Critics say the stone, part of the Crown Jewels, could not have been willingly surrendered and was plundered by then British governor general, Lord Dalhousie.Another item is the Sultanganj Buddha, named after the town in northeastern India where it was found, was dug out of an abandoned Buddhist monastery in 1861 along with other priceless artefacts under the direction of E B Harris, a pith-helmeted functionary of the British Raj. Within months, the 1,500-year-old bronze statue was shipped to Britain after a Birmingham industrialist, Samuel Thornton, secured it for 200 pounds.Now the so-called "Birmingham Buddha" is one of the artefacts at the top of a list of "stolen treasures".
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Post time 2010-6-1 18:32:58 |Display all floors
Then, according to The Independent, is the Amravati railings, a series of limestone carvings dating from around AD100, acquired from a Buddhist temple in Andhra Pradesh by Victorian explorers.And, there is the Saraswati idol, a sculpture of the Hindu deity from the Bhoj temple. Dr. Sengupta said India is looking to join a campaign with the support of UNESCO, the United Nations body set up to preserve global heritage, alongside other countries with longstanding complaints about the foreign ownership of their artistic riches, including Egypt and Greece.
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Post time 2010-6-1 18:33:48 |Display all floors
"As efforts so far to reclaim stolen treasures have proved futile, UNESCO support is required for launching an international campaign to achieve this end. Not only India, various other countries like Mexico, Peru, China, Bolivia, Cyprus and Guatemala also the voiced the same concern to get back their stolen and looted antiquities and to join the international campaign," Sengupta added. While underlining the need to be "realistic" about the chances of large numbers of items being returned, Dr. Sengupta said a list of "unique items" that should be returned to their home countries was being drawn up by each of the participating countries. "Once this list is ready, these countries will jointly initiate a series of steps, including a diplomatic and legal campaign to get back the lost treasures," he added. (ANI)
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Post time 2010-6-1 18:38:40 |Display all floors
There are so many precious things we should get back...
Manoj what  told you never loose hope there are thousands and thousands of indians who are working hard to get the glory back.. Our history, our culture our civilisaton should get back on the track....
This should be new India guiding the world society...
Keep on working on personal goal and bring the glory back... nothing is easy ....
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Post time 2010-6-1 20:22:19 |Display all floors
This is very famous incident associated with our heritage treasures...
British museum invited Indian Cricket team on their england tour... When host asked Sachin "what you love the most in this museum?"  Sachin was frustrated and said " There is nothing than big shame for me watching Indian wealth in this museum."  Everyone was taken back by this reply noone was expecting this reply from the greatest living batsman.. Anil Kumble and Veketesh Prasad too shocked by this though they had the same feeling but had no guts to speak ....  Some say that time he lost Queen's respect but won all Indian hearts... No wonder the queen did not award him "Sir" but Indians treat him as "God".

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Post time 2010-6-1 20:28:28 |Display all floors
Even humble guy like Sachin Tendulkar (GOD) did not like Indian Wealth in british museum what you expect from other Indians...    We will bring those things back to where they belongs...
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Post time 2010-6-1 21:14:24 |Display all floors

lucky if they're still outhere for em to pimp it back...

for the chinese not so lucky 'casue the japanese have destroyed many many chinese relics in the war so that the chinese couldnt claim what their history & civilization (that was a nasty nasty approached by the japanese)  

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