Keith has called for the Koh-i-Noor Diamond to be returned to India during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in November. His comments come in response to Dr Shashi Tharoor’s speech at the Oxford Union for Britain to pay reparations to India.
“I welcome Dr Tharoor’s speech and the endorsement of its message by Prime Minister Modi. I share their views
These are genuine grievances which must be addressed. Pursuing monetary reparations is complex, time consuming and potentially fruitless, but there is no excuse for not returning precious items such as the Koh-i-Noor diamond, a campaign I have backed for many years.
Prime Minister Modi is due to arrive in the United Kingdom in November, and Prime Minister Cameron has gone out of his way to maintain a strong bilateral relationship. What a wonderful moment it would be, if when Prime Minister Modi finishes his visit, which is much overdue, he returns to India with the promise of the diamond’s return.”