Operation Hidden Idol: The Struggle To Bring Back Indian Antiquities

05 May 2015 2:18 PM | Anonymous

Operation Hidden Idol: The Struggle To Bring Back Indian Antiquities 


After the first part on how artefacts worth millions are smuggled from India because of the indifference of the authorities, the sequel looks at what happens to these lost Gods in an unending saga of shame.

The Indian Prime Minister has to choose between gifts like a copy of The Bhagwad Gita or a Madhubani painting when he meets a dignitary from abroad.  Interestingly, the visitors don’t need to deal with any such dilemma, since all they need to do is gift him a looted sculpture.

In the past too, India had been the recipient of a few such gifts. However, awareness about them was confined to small ceremonies in embassies, a quiet photo-op, or perhaps, just a press release.

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