It all started in the summer of 1950, when Lhasa received news that the Chinese troops had started attacking Tibet. The small Army of Tibet was not strong enough to take on the mighty Chinese. At the same time, the Dalai Lama was entrusted with the responsibility of taking over the political powers of Tibet and he sent delegations to different countries like America, England, Nepal, etc., seeking their help to protect Tibet from the Chinese aggression. But America and England refused to help out Tibet and as a last resort, the Dalai Lama sent a governor to hold talks with the Chinese.
On March 10, 1959, the Dalai Lama received an invitation from a Chinese army officer to attend a drama festival. Though the invitation looked like a simple one, the conditions applied by the Chinese made everyone understand that it was a Chinese ploy to take him into custody as one of the condition was that the personal security staff of the Dalai Lama would not be allowed to carry any weapon. Thousands of Tibetans gathered in front of the Narbulinka palace and decided that the Dalai Lama should escape from Lhasa. Dressed like a common army man, he left Lhasa and came down to India.
The Government of India also agreed to give asylum to the Dalai Lama. Since then, he has been staying in India and waging a movement to free Tibet. The Northeast region has a special place in the heart of the Dalai Lama as he had entered India through this region, and, the Sixth Dalai Lama was also born in Arunachal Pradesh. He still vividly remembers his journey through the Northeast region and asserted that he would never forget the love and affection that he had received from the people of Northeast India.
His Holiness asserts that violence would never solve any problem; rather it would aggravate the problems. Though the Chinese Government is still adopting a tough stand on the demand of the Tibetans, the Dalai Lama is hopeful of a bright future for Tibet.
Source: The Assam Tribune