US returns 200 artifacts worth USD 100 mn to India

The US has returned over 200 stolen cultural artifacts to India, some dating back 2,000 years. The estimated cost of these artifacts is around US$ 100 million. Indian Ambassador to the US Arun K Singh stated that 12 artifacts have been returned and the process has begun for the transfer of rest of the treasured artifacts.

Items returned included religious statues, bronzes, and terra-cotta pieces looted from some of India’s most treasured religious sites. Among the pieces returned is a statue of Saint Manikkavichavakar, a Hindu mystic and poet from the Chola period (circa 850 AD to 1250 AD) stolen from the Sivan Temple in Chennai, which is valued at USD 1.5 million. Also included in the collection is a bronze sculpture of the Hindu god Ganesh estimated to be 1,000-year-old.

So let’s discuss some questions related to this post :
1. Name the country which has returned over 200 stolen cultural artifacts to India ?
2. What is the total estimated cost of the 200 artifacts which has been returned by the US ?

Courtesy : Business Standard

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