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65 Years On: The Dalai Lama's Escape to India Remembered

31 Mar,2024 04:13 PM, by: Super Admin
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On March 30, 2024, the 14th Dalai Lama's escape from Tibet to India marked its 65th anniversary, commemorating a significant event in Tibetan history. Fleeing amidst escalating tensions and Chinese suppression following the invasion of Tibet in 1950, the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, made the courageous decision to seek asylum in India.

Departing from Lhasa on March 17, 1959, the Dalai Lama's caravan reached Lhuntse Dzong on March 26, only a few days' march from the McMahon Line, the border between India and Tibet. In response to news of his escape, the Indian government dispatched a contingent of the 5th Assam Rifles to ensure his safe passage into the country.

On March 31, the Dalai Lama was warmly received by the people of Monyulat and the party of the 5th Assam Rifles at the Frontier Post of Chuthangmu in the Kameng Division. The paramilitary force then escorted him through Tawang, Bomdila, and Tezpur before proceeding further into India.

Following his arrival in India, the frontier posts of Chuthangmu, Bumla, and Chuna witnessed a mass influx of armed Tibetan refugees known as 'Khampas.' The 5th Assam Rifles was crucial in escorting approximately 12,000 refugees through the Kameng Frontier Division.

The Dalai Lama's reception by the Indian government was warm, and he has since resided in Dharamshala, where the Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered. This historic event symbolizes the Dalai Lama's resilience and the enduring struggle for Tibetan autonomy and cultural preservation.

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