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(Reuters)   Britain to India: You know that big-ass diamond we stole from you about 150 years ago? Yeah, you're never getting that back   (reuters.com) divider line 318
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2013-02-21 02:02:29 PM  
you want that stuff back, form and army and invade.  otherwise forget about it.
 
2013-02-21 02:11:50 PM  

Weaver95: form and army and invade.


Why not point a nuke at the UK and say "hand it over motherfarker?" India is a nuclear power after all.
 
2013-02-21 02:14:38 PM  
The moral of the story: colonialism sucks ass (the bad kind), no matter how hard Dinesh D'Souza tries to polish that turd.
 
2013-02-21 02:15:24 PM  

Somacandra: Weaver95: form and army and invade.

Why not point a nuke at the UK and say "hand it over motherfarker?" India is a nuclear power after all.



Because England would just laugh politely, and say whatever their version of "biatch, please" is.
 
2013-02-21 02:15:47 PM  
"One of the world's largest diamonds, some Indians - including independence leader Mahatma Gandhi's grandson - have demanded its return to atone for Britain's colonial past. "

So one diamond will atone for Britain's colonial wrongdoings?  No?  Then giving it back is only the first in a line of  "atonement" gestures to be demanded later by India.

I actually agree with the British on this one; nip this stunt of theirs in the bud.
 
2013-02-21 02:17:11 PM  

Somacandra: The moral of the story: colonialism sucks ass (the bad kind), no matter how hard Dinesh D'Souza tries to polish that turd.



It was the best thing that ever happened to Africa.


/gets popcorn
 
2013-02-21 02:34:52 PM  
"The right answer is for the British Museum and other cultural institutions to do exactly what they do, which is to link up with other institutions around the world to make sure that the things which we have and look after so well are properly shared with people around the world."

I'm OK with this
 
2013-02-21 02:39:50 PM  
Reuters, when I click a link about a big ass diamond set into the royal crown, I want to see a picture of that big ass diamond, not David Cameron channeling Omar from The Wire. That said, sorry France, you're not getting the Hope Diamond back either. Should've put some heavier security around the French Blue.
 
2013-02-21 02:43:06 PM  
Give them the diamond if India agrees that it will even everything out.
 
2013-02-21 02:47:39 PM  

Weaver95: you want that stuff back, form and army and invade.  otherwise forget about it.


I don't know. I'd give even odds for an army of Hindu warriors vs. the Brits of today.
 
2013-02-21 02:52:24 PM  
Britain could always troll India by giving them a big ass-diamond.


/XKCD FTW!
 
2013-02-21 03:02:56 PM  
"I certainly don't believe in 'returnism', as it were. I don't think that's sensible."

So you don't believe in "returnism" but you believe in stealing. Cool ethics bro!
 
2013-02-21 03:07:51 PM  

cretinbob: "The right answer is for the British Museum and other cultural institutions to do exactly what they do, which is to link up with other institutions around the world to make sure that the things which we have and look after so well are properly shared with people around the world."

I'm OK with this


I've seen the Elgin marbles, and I've seen the current state of the original from which they were cast. I'm 100% okay with the British Museum hanging on to a great deal of the world's cultural heritage.
 
2013-02-21 03:08:53 PM  
Any word yet on the fate of the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak?
 
2013-02-21 03:12:15 PM  
"The diamond had been set in the crown of the current Queen Elizabeth's late mother."

The old broad is dead - what does she care? Give the goddamn thing back!
 
2013-02-21 03:12:51 PM  

ITGreen: "One of the world's largest diamonds, some Indians - including independence leader Mahatma Gandhi's grandson - have demanded its return to atone for Britain's colonial past. "

So one diamond will atone for Britain's colonial wrongdoings?  No?  Then giving it back is only the first in a line of  "atonement" gestures to be demanded later by India.

I actually agree with the British on this one; nip this stunt of theirs in the bud.


Is Koh-i-noor the Arkenstone?
 
2013-02-21 03:13:35 PM  

SurfaceTension: Weaver95: you want that stuff back, form and army and invade.  otherwise forget about it.

I don't know. I'd give even odds for an army of Hindu warriors vs. the Brits of today.


And I'd give the edge to the Sikh warriors of India vs. the modern Brits, SAS excluded, ofc.
 
2013-02-21 03:14:01 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com

It won't come off anyway.
 
2013-02-21 03:15:00 PM  

Walker: "I certainly don't believe in 'returnism', as it were. I don't think that's sensible."

So you don't believe in "returnism" but you believe in stealing. Cool ethics bro!


THIS. Even if you're not giving it back, at least try and pretend you understand you stole it. FFS. I can understand why you wouldn't want to return it, politics is a dirty game, but you farked up, admit it and move on.
 
2013-02-21 03:15:24 PM  
Ehh, what India needs to do is threaten to have the Anglo-Indian shut down all the curry shops in London.  The Koh-i-Noor will be back in India inside of a week
 
2013-02-21 03:15:58 PM  
If you give the Indians their stones back, they'll just start ripping people's still-beating hearts out of their chests over a pool of lava again. It's true. I seen it in a movie once.
 
2013-02-21 03:16:16 PM  
Maybe Britain will return it in exchange for getting cricket back.
 
2013-02-21 03:16:22 PM  

Somacandra: The moral of the story: colonialism sucks ass (the bad kind), no matter how hard Dinesh D'Souza tries to polish that turd.


It's hard to complain too hard about British colonialism. They tended to leave places in better condition than they found them.

\Now Belgian colonialism...
 
2013-02-21 03:16:26 PM  
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

Guys.  I found our next mission.

We're going to break into the Tower Of London, and........steal back the Koh-I-Noor diamond.
 
2013-02-21 03:17:45 PM  
They gave back Hong Kong to China. What more do you want from them?
 
2013-02-21 03:18:14 PM  

macadamnut: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x323]

It won't come off anyway.


RING POP!
 
2013-02-21 03:18:15 PM  
Britain could always say, "We accept this gem, and the curry, in payment for your country not being ruled by men in pajamas, being a literate society, a democracy, giving your educated sons and daughters a place to earn a decent living, and less of a third world shiathole than would otherwise have been the case. You're welcome!"
 
2013-02-21 03:19:02 PM  

oldfarthenry: "The diamond had been set in the crown of the current Queen Elizabeth's late mother."

The old broad is dead - what does she care? Give the goddamn thing back!


The article is imprecise.  The kiN is set in the Queen-Consort's crown.  The Queen Mother was simply the last woman to wear it, being the last Queen Consort.  It wasn't her personal jewelry.  Supposedly, the thing is cursed, but only if you are a man.  So, by putting it in the Queen Consort's crown was supposed to insure it would never be worn by a man again.
 
2013-02-21 03:19:03 PM  

give me doughnuts: Somacandra: The moral of the story: colonialism sucks ass (the bad kind), no matter how hard Dinesh D'Souza tries to polish that turd.


It was the best thing that ever happened to Africa.


/gets popcorn


For your popcorn: if you consider the immigration of the brownies from India to UK and pretty much taking over the high skilled fields, is UK getting colonized (never thought of the word, hmm) by India now?
 
2013-02-21 03:19:38 PM  
Ebba dabba dooba, surley they weel geeve eet back.
Yeah, How about you guys figure out how to use flush toilets, drink clean water, get the cows off the streets, stop stampeding your own people during religious parties, and kick the Muslim psychos out, first, and then we'll talk.
About hiring you back as houseboy.
 
2013-02-21 03:19:45 PM  

phalamir: Ehh, what India needs to do is threaten to have the Anglo-Indian shut down all the curry shops in London.  The Koh-i-Noor will be back in India inside of a week


Nobody would notice, what with the Pakistani and Bangladeshi curry houses everywhere.
 
2013-02-21 03:19:50 PM  
big ass-diamond?

cdn.theatlanticwire.com


pic is borrowed
 
2013-02-21 03:20:05 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-02-21 03:20:49 PM  

The 4chan Psychiatrist: SurfaceTension: Weaver95: you want that stuff back, form and army and invade.  otherwise forget about it.

I don't know. I'd give even odds for an army of Hindu warriors vs. the Brits of today.

And I'd give the edge to the Sikh warriors of India vs. the modern Brits, SAS excluded, ofc.



How are they going to get to England? The Indian Navy? How much air-lift capacity does the Indian Air Force have?
 
2013-02-21 03:20:50 PM  
Will getting the stone back bring water to the wells and bring the children back?

They betrayed Shiva.
 
2013-02-21 03:21:09 PM  
It falls into the category of things without value to their owner, like most crown jewels.  You can't sell them ever, so they're not really worth anything and cost a fortune to guard.
 
2013-02-21 03:21:46 PM  
He's there trying to drum up some cash, if I were the Indians I'd tell him to sell the diamond and get out of our farking country.
 
2013-02-21 03:22:03 PM  

This text is now purple: Somacandra: The moral of the story: colonialism sucks ass (the bad kind), no matter how hard Dinesh D'Souza tries to polish that turd.

It's hard to complain too hard about British colonialism. They tended to leave places in better condition than they found them.

\Now Belgian colonialism...


Exactly. Most of the places the Brits colonized would have zero infrastructure if they hadn't been there. I get tired of former colonies, particularly on the African continent, blaming all of their problems on the West.
 
2013-02-21 03:22:57 PM  

mayIFark: give me doughnuts: Somacandra: The moral of the story: colonialism sucks ass (the bad kind), no matter how hard Dinesh D'Souza tries to polish that turd.


It was the best thing that ever happened to Africa.


/gets popcorn

For your popcorn: if you consider the immigration of the brownies from India to UK and pretty much taking over the high skilled fields, is UK getting colonized (never thought of the word, hmm) by India now?


What does that have to do with Colonialism in Africa?
 
2013-02-21 03:22:59 PM  
Britain rightfully owns it, because the genie granted their wish.

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2013-02-21 03:23:06 PM  

This text is now purple: Somacandra: The moral of the story: colonialism sucks ass (the bad kind), no matter how hard Dinesh D'Souza tries to polish that turd.

It's hard to complain too hard about British colonialism. They tended to leave places in better condition than they found them.

\Now Belgian colonialism...


Did they used to get greeted as liberators too?

Or should we just call them missionaries?

/Is that where the missionary position came from?
 
2013-02-21 03:25:28 PM  
Kinda off-topic in a way, but I was very disappointed by the Hope diamond. I thought it would be a fist-sized gem, but it's only as big as 3 quarters stacked on each other. farking. Lame.
 
2013-02-21 03:25:29 PM  

give me doughnuts: mayIFark: give me doughnuts: Somacandra: The moral of the story: colonialism sucks ass (the bad kind), no matter how hard Dinesh D'Souza tries to polish that turd.


It was the best thing that ever happened to Africa.


/gets popcorn

For your popcorn: if you consider the immigration of the brownies from India to UK and pretty much taking over the high skilled fields, is UK getting colonized (never thought of the word, hmm) by India now?

What does that have to do with Colonialism in Africa?


My bad, I misread it as India.
 
2013-02-21 03:25:43 PM  

Somacandra: Weaver95: form and army and invade.

Why not point a nuke at the UK and say "hand it over motherfarker?" India is a nuclear power after all.


According to Wikipedia, the UK has about twice as many nukes to point back.
 
2013-02-21 03:26:16 PM  

give me doughnuts: The 4chan Psychiatrist: SurfaceTension: Weaver95: you want that stuff back, form and army and invade.  otherwise forget about it.

I don't know. I'd give even odds for an army of Hindu warriors vs. the Brits of today.

And I'd give the edge to the Sikh warriors of India vs. the modern Brits, SAS excluded, ofc.


How are they going to get to England? The Indian Navy? How much air-lift capacity does the Indian Air Force have?


They can kindly do the needful with their aircraft carrier.
 
2013-02-21 03:26:19 PM  
"We stole it fair and square!" said the overwhelming majority of people in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, North and South America.
 
2013-02-21 03:27:21 PM  

germ78: Kinda off-topic in a way, but I was very disappointed by the Hope diamond. I thought it would be a fist-sized gem, but it's only as big as 3 quarters stacked on each other. farking. Lame.


You must have been thinking of the famed Baseball Diamond.
 
2013-02-21 03:28:03 PM  
Ridiculous. Hand it back you dirty Brits.
 
2013-02-21 03:28:25 PM  
1.  Sell item to foreigners
2.  Wait 100+ years, then claim it was 'stolen'.
3.  (Attempt to) Profit.
 
2013-02-21 03:29:29 PM  

12349876: Somacandra: Weaver95: form and army and invade.

Why not point a nuke at the UK and say "hand it over motherfarker?" India is a nuclear power after all.

According to Wikipedia, the UK has about twice as many nukes to point back.


I can see it now, two massive nations nuking the bejeezus out of each other over a rock in a hat.
 
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