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U.S. hands over 105 antiquities to India Following Agreement

Published on July 18, 2023
Current Context: The United States handed over 105 trafficked antiquities to India during a repatriation ceremony at the Indian Consulate in New York.
U.S. hands over 105 antiquities to India Following Agreement
  • 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.
  • The antiquities represent various regions of India, with origins spanning from the 2nd-3rd century CE to the 18th-19th century CE. They are made of terracotta, stone, metal, and wood, and around 50 of them have religious significance.
  • The repatriation of these artefacts is a significant gesture of cultural repatriation and reflects the shared commitment of both countries to preserve their cultural heritage and foster an emotional bond.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Q.1 How many trafficked antiquities did the U.S. hand over to India?
a. 50
b. 278
c. 157
d. 105
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