India has recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, marking a historic moment in the country’s history. The MoU aims to bring back the legendary ‘Wagh Nakh,’ which translates to ‘tiger claw,’ a weapon that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj used in the defeat of the Bijapur sultanate’s general, Afzal Khan, in 1659. They plan to bring back this invaluable artifact to India in three years.
A Divine and Special Object
The significance of this moment is preserved by those involved. Amish Tripathi, an acclaimed author and the Director of The Nehru Centre in London, described the event as extraordinary. Tripathi stated, “This will initiate a series of work procedures.”The ‘Wagh Nakh’ of Chhatrapati Shivaji, which he used to kill Afzal Khan, will return to India for three years.
Respectful Welcome by the Indian Community
The Indian community warmly greeted the Maharashtra delegates and their colleagues from the Maharashtra Cabinet, including Uday Samant, as they arrived at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The ‘Wagh Nakh’ bears an inscription that unmistakably identifies it as the weapon used by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to slay the Mughal General, Afzal Khan.
350th Anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s Coronation
This year holds special significance as it marks the 350th anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s coronation, making the return of the ‘Wagh Nakh’ even more poignant.
Symbol of Faith
Sudhir Mungantiwar, speaking to reporters, underscored the deep emotional connection that the people of Maharashtra have with the ‘Wagh Nakh.’ It is not merely an object but a symbol of faith and history. Mungantiwar also clarified that, as per the MoU, they will not take the ‘Wagh Nakh’ to all districts of Maharashtra as initially planned. Instead, they will keep it at a specific location where people can visit and pay their respects to this iconic artifact.
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