58-year later: Dalai Lama meets jawan who escorted him to India from Tibet
A visibly emotional Dalai Lama on Sunday had a nostalgic moment with Naren Chandra Das at Pragjyoti ITA Cultural Centre at Machkhowa here. He fell silent, saluted Das, held him tight and wiped tears away from his eyes.
Das was part of the team to escort the Tibetan spiritual leader safely into India on March 31, 1959.
"I am extremely happy to meet this old man who had escorted me in March 1959. This was about 58 years back. You must have been retired now. Looking at your face, I am now feeling that I have also grown very old," the Dalai Lama said.
Das is the last known survivor of the group of five Indian army personnel who escorted the Dalai Lama on Indian soil, 58 years ago after the Chinese crackdown.
Seventy-nine-year-old Das went down memory lane to recount to this to reporters that how he and his colleagues led by their section commander were ordered to move to the international border to receive 'a special guest' and bring him to India safely.
Das was around 20-year old when he met the Dalai Lama, who was 23 years old at that time, on the McMohan line that marks India's northern border.
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