Ahead of virtual summit, Australia repatriates 29 antiquities


These antiquities range in six broad categories according to themes which are Lord Shiva and his disciples, worshipping Shakti, Lord Vishnu and his forms, Jain tradition, portraits and decorative objects.

PM Narendra Modi inspect antiquities returned from Australia on Monday

New Delhi: Ahead of India Australia virtual summit scheduled on Monday, Australia has repatriated 29 antiquities to India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspected the antiquities early morning.

These antiquities range in six broad categories according to themes which are Lord Shiva and his disciples, worshipping Shakti, Lord Vishnu and his forms, Jain tradition, portraits and decorative objects. The antiquities come from different time periods, with the earliest ones dating back to 9-10 century CE.

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These are primarily sculptures and paintings made using variety of material – sandstone, marble, bronze, brass and paper. Representing a large geographical region in India, the antiquities are from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal.

With the reports that Australia will announce investments worth Rs 1,500 crore spread across sectors including technology and critical minerals in India, the virtual bilateral summit scheduled for 12.30 pm on Monday. This will be the largest investment by Australia in India.

Monday’s virtual meet is the second such summit between PM Modi and Australian PM Morrison. The first one, held in June 2020, marked the elevation of the relationship between the two nations to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’.

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