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Beginning Of The Revolt Against The Chinese In Kham , Gradual Suppression Of The Entirety Of Tibet, And Necessity For The Dalai Lama And Others To Seek The Protection Of India

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As China tightened its grip on Tibet throughout the 1950s, the Communists made a great show of proclaiming that reforms would be introduced into Tibet at whatever pace the Tibetans decided. Various Tibetan organizations were established to resist the Chinese, and in 1958, these efforts erupted into armed opposition in Kham led by the National Volunteer Defense Army under the command of Amdruk Gompa Tashi. The Chinese attempted to attract prominent figures, like the Karmapa, Cabinet Minister Ngapö, the leaders of the great monasteries, and others, to intervene with the ever-increasing resistance, but their entreaties were ineffective. On March 17, 1959, protective troops were arrayed on the path of escape as some members of the Dalai Lama's family and inner circle escaped from Lhasa.

Keywords: Dalai Lama; India; Kham; Lhasa; Tibet

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