By kamlesh Tripathi
MEMORY LANE: HIS HOLINESS DALAI LAMA’S ESCAPE AND EXILE TO INDIA
The picture in the middle is a rare photograph of the 14th Dalai Lama. In the year 1959 during Tibetan uprising, fearing for his life, the Dalai Lama and his retinue fled Tibet with the help of the CIA’s Special Activities Division, crossing into India on 30 March 1959. Reaching Tezpur in Assam on 18 April. And here he was received by my father Late Mr Kamakhya Prasad Tripathi, a Minister then in the Assam Government. And what is truly striking about the picture is the radiant smile of 24 year old 14th Dalai Lama (Real name: Lhamo Dondrub) who inspite of having lost his kingdom wears that courageous smile.
Dalai Lama was born on 6 July 1935 at Taktser, China. He is a recipient of 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.
Truly, a nostalgic moment, to see my father receiving and welcoming HH Dalai Lama into India.