Monday, June 15, 2009

A historic moment: the Dalai Lama meets Nehru

Year of 1959: The Dalai Lama (a young 23 years old monk) and Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India during his visit to Tibet (prior to the Dalai Lama's forced immigration to India)

Historic background:
The Dalai Lama met with the Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, to urge India to pressure China into giving Tibet an autonomous government, as relations with China were not proving successful. Nehru did not want to increase tensions between China and India, so he encouraged the Dalai Lama to work on the Seventeen Point Agreement Tibet had with China. Eventually, after the failed uprising in 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet and set up the Government of Tibet in Exile in Dharamshala, India, which is often referred to as "Little Lhasa".
(Source: Wikipedia)

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