Dalai Lama salutes Indian soldier who escorted him to India 58 years ago
The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama had an emotional reunion with a retired soldier of the Assam Rifles who had escorted him to India during his escape from Tibet, 58 years ago after the Chinese crackdown. Retired havildar Naren Chandra Das was part of the team to escort the Tibetan spiritual leader safely into India on March 31, 1959. Das is the last known survivor of the group of five Indian army personnel who brought the Dalai Lama on Indian soil. Das was around 20-year-old when he met the Dalai Lama, who was 23 years old at that time, on the Mc Mohan line that marks India's northern border. The reunion took place at a programme of the Namami Brahmaputra in Assam’s Guwahati on Sunday. The 14th Dalai Lama is on a two-day visit to the state ahead of his visit to Arunachal Pradesh. The trip by Dalai Lama, whom the Chinese regard as a dangerous separatist, is expected to ratchet up tensions between New Delhi and Beijing over strategic issues.