The History and Significance of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond in the Context of European Colonialism and Reparations

TLDR The Koh-i-Noor diamond, with its history of bloodshed and conflict, is at the center of a power struggle in Lahore, as multiple queens and heirs vie for control. Eventually, the diamond falls into the hands of the British, who take it to England on a steam sloop.

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00:00 The podcast episode is about the history and significance of the Koh-i-Noor diamond and its connection to the legacy of European colonialism and the debate on reparations.
05:20 After Ranjit Singh's death, there is controversy surrounding his supposed desire to leave the Koh-i-Noor diamond to the Jagannath Temple in Orissa, with some Sikhs arguing that it is impossible and inserted into court records in nefarious ways.
10:08 Ranjit Singh was a unique Sikh leader who accepted and respected different religions, abolished the jizya tax, and potentially wanted to give the Koh-i-Noor diamond to the Jagannath Temple, but despite his dying wishes, his court official Bellyram hid the diamond because he believed it wasn't Ranjit Singh's to give, and the next entitled person, Karik Singh, who was described as an opium-eating blockhead, was poisoned by his nobles and suffered a slow and painful death.
15:11 Nourni Haal Singh, the son of Karik Singh and the potential recipient of the Koh-i-Noor diamond, is killed in a suspicious accident involving a falling block from the Hazuri Bard Gate, leading to speculation about the curse of the diamond.
20:08 The Koh-i-Noor diamond, also known as the Saimantika gem, has a history of bloodshed and conflict, and now with the death of Nournihaal Singh, the son of Karak Singh, there is a potential power struggle in Lahore as multiple queens and heirs vie for control, with the British waiting in the wings.
24:48 Cher Singh, the next legitimate claimant to the throne, lays siege to Lahore and strikes a deal with Chand Kaur, the queen mother, but she is later bludgeoned to death by her handmaids who claim Cher Singh paid them to do it.
29:40 The court of Lahore is filled with bloodshed as people compete for the Koh-i-Noor diamond and power, leaving a young boy named Dalip Singh as the last one standing to become the Maharaja, much to the delight of the court except for his mother, Rani Jindan, who insists on ruling for his best interest.
34:31 The British are spying on Ludhiana, which is the center of espionage and intrigue, in order to gather information on the Russians and the Lahore court, with the goal of creating divisions and taking advantage of them to further their own interests.
39:00 Rani Jindan is removed from power and separated from her son, the young king, as the British continue their plan to take over Punjab.
43:51 The British raiding party is seen as an invasion by the British, leading to a bloody battle and the second Treaty of Lahore, which settles the fate of the Koh-i-Noor and Lahore, and gives Kashmir to the Dogras, causing conflict in the modern Indo-Pak region.
48:40 After receiving the Koh-i-Noor, the British take away the young king and his mother is locked away in Nepal, while the diamond is given to John Lawrence, who carelessly puts it in his waistcoat pocket.
53:16 The Koh-i-Noor diamond is secured in multiple nested caskets and entrusted to Captain Lockyer on the steam sloop, the Madeir, for its journey to England, with each member of the crew given a key to one of the caskets.
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