The famous international art scandal roused seven years ago when the Buddha’s statue which was stolen from an archaeological site from India was found at Canberra’s National Gallery of Arts (NGA). According to the officials of NGA the artifact was bought by a billionaire Australian philanthropist Ros Packer for NGA from a New York based dealer who brought two Buddhas sculpture from a trafficker.
Australian Prime Minster who wants to build a better relationship with Indian government has announced to return the stolen historical statue of 2nd century BC to India. When Australian Prime Minister met his Indian counterpart in a summit last year in September, he returned statues of 11th century to India and will soon also return the famous Kushan Buddha sculpture.
The relationships between both the countries are getting better under Modi’s leadership who visited Australia last year. Modi’s visit to Australia marks as the first visit to Australia by any Indian PM after Rajiv Gandhi in 1985.