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The new Gallery of Confiscated and Retrieved Antiquities at Purana Qila (Old Fort) in Delhi
The new Gallery of Confiscated and Retrieved Antiquities at Purana Qila (Old Fort) in Delhi

At Delhi’s Purana Qila, the dimly-lit Archaeological Museum has a swanky new companion – the Gallery for Confiscated and Retrieved Antiquities, which opened on August 31. An automated, sliding-glass door leads to the gallery that celebrates the homecoming of artefacts stolen and smuggled out of the country. A board at the entrance displays the gallery’s mandate: “The return of these historical artefacts is part of the restoration of India’s pride and an acknowledgement of history as well as a projection of India's cultural consciousness.” ...