The people of Mussoorie are reminded of their connection with the Kohinoor diamond. Duleep Singh, the last Sikh ruler of Punjab, was the heir to the world’s most valuable diamond.
Koh-i-Noor: India is not only the birthplace of culture and traditions..once the richest country too..foreigners have made many attacks to loot our country’s wealth. It is a bitter truth revealed by history that aggressions have been committed. Kohinoor diamond is the first one that comes to mind when it comes to diamond. Born in our country, she was crowned as the Queen of Britain. Now with the death of Queen Elizabeth II, this diamond is in the news again. Indians are clamoring to give us the wealth of our country. Now after the death of Elizabeth II, residents of Mussoorie are remembering their attachment to the town.
The Kohinoor diamond passed down to Queen Elizabeth II as an inheritance from Queen Consort Camilla. The people of Mussoorie are reminded of their connection with the Kohinoor diamond. Duleep Singh, the last Sikh ruler of Punjab, was the heir to the world’s most valuable diamond. Duleep Singh was taken to England at a young age. But before that, it seems from historical accounts that the British kept Duleep Singh in Mussoorie town for education.
“The young Sikh king Duleep Singh was taken to Mussoorie in 1852 two years before he was taken to England and kept here for two years. Educated at Whitebank Fort, Barloganj. Local historian Gopal Bharadwaj said that in course of time, this fort was demolished and a five star hotel was built.
Records show that young Raju Duleep Singh was placed under the care of Army Surgeon Dr. John Loggins and his wife Lena Loggins. It seems that the main purpose of bringing the young prince to Mussoorie was to keep him away from the Punjab and groom him before taking him to England.
In Mussoorie.. Duleep Singh was engaged in other activities.. but showed passion for cricket. A cricket ground was specially made for Duleep Singh at the Manor House of St. George’s College, which is now there. Later, in 1854, Dalhousie arranged for Singh to be taken to England. Duleep Singh showed the diamond there. People of Mussoorie say that after he examined the diamond, he presented the precious diamond as a gift to Queen Victoria.
“Duliep Singh, the heir to the world’s most sought-after Kohinoor diamond. His guardian, Army Surgeon Dr. John Loggins, worked hard to hand over the diamond to the British kings. The Queen conferred a knighthood on Dr. Login,” says the noted author, resident of Mussoorie.
Thus the Kohinoor diamond, which reached Britain from India, became one of the British royal family. Since then, the Kohinoor diamond has been given as an heirloom gift to the eldest daughter-in-law of the house. But now with the death of Queen Elizabeth 11 they are asking to bring us our Kohinoor again. Yes, if we give a gift to someone, we should not ask for it back.. But there are those who ask us to give back our diamond because it was taken by force. It remains to be seen whether our rulers will ever bring back the Kohinoor diamond which has become so special.
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