Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
The world famous diamond Coh i Nur (Koh-i-Noor) , under the possession of the British Queen since Queen Victoria, belongs in reality to Lord Jagannath of Orissa, by virtue of the last wishes of its last legitimate owner late Maharaja Ranjit Singh, founder of the first-ever Sikh Empire, as recorded by the British Political Agent & Commissioner to Peshawar, Mr. T. A. Maddock, Esqr. on 2nd July 1839.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh had not only directed that the Koh-i-Noor be sent to the Jagannath Temple, but also had wanted the world to know with that his final feeling on worldly possessions.
He had wanted the world to know that, no one carries away with him his worldly wealth.
Bellow is the relevant extract from the historic document, which the recorded history of Koh-i-Noor or of the BritishRaj in India has deliberately suppressed. It constitutes the last paragraph of Mr.Maddock’s report to the Officiating Secretary to the Government of India with the Right Hounable the Governor General. Credit goes to scholarly former minister Prasad Harichandan for location of the precious document. It reads:
11. During the few last days of his illness His Highness is declared to have been bestowed in charity many jewels and other properties to the supposed value of fifty lakhs of Rupees. Among his jewels he directed the well known Coh i Nur (Koh-i-Noor) diamond to be sent to the temple of Jagannath and observed that no one carried away with him his worldly wealth and that such a request would perpetuate his name.
The original document may be perused bellow.