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India will ask Britain to return legendary treasures that were taken from the country during the colonial era.
The primary objective of officials in New Delhi is to secure the return of the Koh-i-Noor diamond - one of the crown jewels currently held in trust for the king - alongside thousands of other artefacts taken to Britain hundreds of years ago by imperial explorers.
India's foreign diplomats will be undertaking the mission - which they call a 'reckoning' with the past - understood to be the largest repatriation claim faced by the UK, according to The Telegraph.
The reclamation of historical artefacts is a primary of goal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration.
The issue is likely to disrupt diplomatic talks between the UK and India on matters such as trade.
Executive Director of Jewels de Paragon (JDP) Pavana Kishore shows the 'Koh-I-Noor' diamond on display with other famous diamonds at an exhibition intitled '100 World Famous Diamonds' in Bangalore 19 May 2002
An eleventh century Hindu statue of Shiva as Nataraja (Lord of Dance) is pictured at the Royal Academy of Arts in central London, 07 November 2006. Bronze sculptures, revered as physical manifestations of the Hindu gods, are