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The way Kohinoor was projected by British, made it the World’s most Famous Diamond, says Historian William Dalrymple

The Koh-i-Noor is a large, colourless diamond that was found near Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.

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Delhi, Dec 15, 2016: Renowned historian and writer William Dalrymple has given a statement that it was the “British Bragging”  that made Kohinoor famous. And, the way the Kohinoor was projected by them, made the gem world’s most famous diamond.

Dalrymple, in his new book titled, Kohinoor: The Story of the Worlds Most Infamous Diamond, argues that “Kohinoor becoming the gem of gems was British creation. Bigging up their conquest, they consciously put it on show at the Great Exhibition of 1851, and made it into a symbol of what they had taken from India.

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That has now turned against the British themselves.” The Scottish writer claims that “there were other bigger Mughal diamonds – the Dari-a-Nur which was taken by Nadir Shah to Iran and the Orlov, now in Kremlin, also taken by Nadir Shah and later passed on to Russia. Why is no one calling their return? The answer is that the Great Exhibition made the Kohinoor the most famous diamond in the world.”

Dalrymple’s book, co-authored by noted UK-based Indian journalist Anita Anand, tells the story of how Kohinoor came to be regarded as the “supreme gem”. Through his book, Dalrymple unravels exquisite information about the diamond as it moves from the Mughal courts to Persia to Afghanistan; from Maharaja Ranjit Singhs durbar in Punjab to the Queen of Englands Crown.

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“It is a very interesting history. We try to trace in the book how it became an icon, when it was never the most famous diamond. When it wasnt the biggest diamond. When the Mughals didnt refer to it anywhere in their writings. Nor did any of the Sultanates,” he said.

According to the PTI reports, Dalrymple quotes, “there is not a single, clear, definitive and unambiguous reference to the Kohinoor before 1750 when it appears in Muhammad Marwis account of Nadir Shah’s campaign. He says, in a Persian passage we translated in this book, that it was attached to one of the peacocks on the Peacock Throne. There is no other reference.”

– prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

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It supports the HR needs of over 500,000 employees, services over 40,000 concurrent users and processes over three million postal transactions a day

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India Post has partnered with IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to become a multi-service digital hub, modernize the delivery of mail and packages, enhance customer experience and launch innovative services.

TCS on Monday said it has implemented its Point of Sale (PoS) solution across 24,000 post offices with over 80,000 PoS terminals, making this among the largest such implementations in the world.

Additionally, it has built a web portal with consignment tracking capabilities and set up a multi-lingual call centre for customer support, the company added.

To enable India Post to benefit from the burgeoning e-commerce opportunity, while fulfilling a vital social obligation, the web portal has an e-marketplace to help rural artisans, self-help groups and women entrepreneurs reach out to buyers throughout the country.

“In a digital era, postal services across the world are reinventing themselves to stay relevant to a new generation,” Debashis Ghosh, Business Group Head – Public Services, TCS, said in a statement.

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Tata Consultancy Services, Vadapalani. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We are proud to have partnered with the Department of Posts in this pioneering, mission mode initiative to build a world class, future-ready digital platform that the nation can be proud of,” Ghosh added.

At the heart of this transformation is the Core System Integration (CSI) programme designed and implemented by TCS, the company said.

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This involved deploying an integrated Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that caters to mail operations, finance and accounting, and HR functions, and connects its vast network of more than 150,000 post offices.

It supports the HR needs of over 500,000 employees, services over 40,000 concurrent users and processes over three million postal transactions a day, TCS said. (IANS)