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Stolen idols: US accounts for largest number of returned artefacts

Recently, idols wing of Tamil Nadu CID initiated the process for retrieving six Chola-era idols from US

As many as 157 artefacts and antiquities were handed over by the United States during Prime Minister Modi's visit in Sept '21
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As many as 157 artefacts and antiquities were handed over by the United States during Prime Minister Modi's visit in Sept '21 (Photo: ANI)

Debarghya Sanyal New Delhi
Reports that the idol wing of the Criminal Investigation Department in Tamil Nadu has initiated the process of retrieving six Chola-era idols from the United States of America has once again brought attention to the issue of Indian historical artefacts that have been illegally transported to other countries.

According to a recent reply by the Union government in the Lok Sabha, the US accounted for the largest number of recoveries of stolen Indian idols and heritage objects since 2014 under the National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities (NMMA).

In the reply, the Union Minister of Culture and Tourism G Kishan

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First Published: Aug 26 2022 | 12:19 PM IST

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