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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.

Question:

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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