Despite the nods to India's great historical connections to the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to London barely covered any colonial territory. British comedian John Oliver has decided to step into that breach, by dedicating a segment of his show, Last Week Tonight, to the Modi visit.
Referring to Modi's quip that he had been told London would be cold but "not this much", Oliver said "it follows in the grand tradition of the UK underselling the severity of the conditions an Indian leader would be suffering under."
Oliver focused on the sub-text of Modi's visit that never quite became text, except for on twitter and in legal petitions calling for Britain to return that which truly belongs to India: the Koh-i-Noor.
Calling the British Monarch's crown "an elegant head sofa" where the diamond now sits, Oliver rips into Britain's veiled refusals to give the diamond back. "What he's basically saying is, I understand that you want the diamond, but we have the diamond, you don't, and we're going to keep having it forever, so in summary: finders keepers," Oliver said.