Wednesday, June 9, 2010

State to get back Dalawa\'s sword

Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for Culture M.A. Baby said here on Wednesday that the sword of Velu Thampy Dalawa would be exhibited at the Napier Museum after acquiring it from the Central government.

The sword, now kept at the National Museum, Delhi, would be formally handed over to the State on June 20, he said while addressing a function held to open the renovated Napier Museum to the public.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and Union Ministers would be present at the handing over ceremony here, he said.

The weapon that struck fear in the hearts of the British troops has been one of the prized exhibits at the National Museum ever since it was transferred from the Kilimanoor Palace in Thiruvananthapuram to the first President of India, Rajendra Prasad.

Following persistent efforts by the Department of Culture, the Central government had agreed to hand over the sword to Kerala for a year.

Mr. Baby later cut a tape to declare the renovated Napier Museum open

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