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U.S. hands over 105 antiquities to India following agreement

In a significant gesture of cultural repatriation, the United States handed over 105 trafficked antiquities to India during a repatriation ceremony at the Indian Consulate in New York. The restitution of these artefacts is a result of an agreement made during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to the U.S. last month.

Days after PM Modi's historic visit, USA hands over 105 stolen antiquities to India

Cultural Property Agreement to Prevent Illegal Trafficking

  • During the visit, India and the U.S. also reached an understanding to work on a Cultural Property Agreement aimed at preventing the illegal trafficking of cultural artefacts in the future.
  • This agreement will foster closer collaboration between Homeland Security and law enforcement agencies of both countries, further enhancing their bilateral ties.

Emotional Significance for India

  • For the people of India, these artefacts hold immense cultural and heritage value, reflecting their living heritage.
  • The artefacts represent various regions of India, with origins spanning from the 2nd-3rd century CE to the 18th-19th century CE. Made of terracotta, stone, metal, and wood, around 50 of these artefacts have religious significance.

Continued Efforts for Repatriation

  • The Indian government has been actively working to retrieve stolen Indian antiquities, and this recent repatriation of 105 artefacts adds to the success of their efforts.
  • In the past, the U.S. has also returned artefacts to India, demonstrating a shared commitment to preserving cultural heritage and fostering an emotional bond between the two nations.

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