If you return Kohinoor , British Museum will be Empty – British P M (Post No.11,665)

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Post No. 11,666

Date uploaded in London – –  13 JANUARY 2023                  

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The treasures looted by the British expedition were shown in Antiques show in Britain. Some of them were sold for £140,000. Many of them are displayed in museums in Britain. What they did not tell the listeners and watchers of TV show is that the British killed 3000 Tibetans during Younghusband Expedition. One person described it as “the Tibetans being knocked over like skittles by the British Maxim guns”, and that a monk who tried to avenge the killing of a brother was hanged, his body left strung up for 24 hours as a warning to others.

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Sir Robert Napier, a veteran of key empire events such as the surrender of the Sikh army during the Anglo Sikh wars and the entry into Peking in 1860 led an expedition to Ethiopia. His invasion involved 13,000 soldiers, both British and Indian, along with 26,000 camp followers and 40,000 animals, including 44 trained Indian elephants to carry the artillery.. it took three months to traverse 400 miles of treacherous mountain ranges to reach the Emperor’s terrain. With such a force they crushed their enemies who fought only  with spears. In one ninety minute skirmish 800 Ethiopian fighters were killed; when Napier’s troops reached the fortress town of Makdala, they swiftly defeated the last 9000 of Tewodros men, losing only two British soldiers

Historian Harold Marcus observed in 1995,

“For a total cost of £ nine million, Napier set out to defeat a man who could muster only a few thousand troops and had long ago ceased to be Ethiopia’s leader in anything but title. Even so, Tewodros did not surrender, instead releasing European

Hostages one by one over the course of several days. When the British eventually reached the Emperor, they found him dead, having committed suicide with a pistol that had originally been a gift from Queen Victoria .

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Sathnam Sanghera, author of book Empireland writes,

And when I think of everything that was taken by the British from Maharajah Ranjit Singh’s treasury, it is not the heaps of gold, jewellery, antiques, textiles, paintings and sculptures- even the Kohinoor diamond— that sting, but the rare religious artefacts, which were said to include Guru Gobind Singhs Kalgi, a jewel worn on the front of a turban, and relics of the Prophet Muhammad.

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DAVID CAMERON , PRIME MINISTER OF BRITAIN BETWEEN 2010 AND 2016

In September 2020, Oliver Dowden, the culture minister/ secretary, was revealed, in a leaked letter, to have warned museums and galleries to cease removing controversial artefacts or risk losing funding.

In short, things have moved on little since the days when, in response to claims made by Greece for the Elgin Marbles and by Nigeria for the Benin Bronzes, museums will simply state that repatriation was illegal under the 1963 British museum act or when David Cameron remarked in 2010 about India’s demand for the return of the Kohinoor diamond,

“If you say yes to one, you suddenly find the British museum would be empty. It is going to be stay put”.

A BBC investigation has found 99 percent of British museum collection was in storage in 2010. All museums are displaying only a small portion of their artefacts or paintings.

(Most the treasures looted by the British around the world are displayed in the British museum, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Oxford museum/Bodleian library. And there are hundreds of museums around displaying millions of objects plundered by the British explorers and soldiers. Private collectors have another million artefacts. Auction houses help them openly and covertly.) 

Xxx Subham xxxx

tags- Kohinoor, diamond, return, David Cameron, British Museum

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