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Reconstructing The 1950s

Journey from Fear to Freedom: Sonam - Tholong Gonpa, Nyari


After the Dalai Lama's miraculous escape from Lhasa, the PLA troops started a vicious crackdown all over Tibet by arresting all the influential figures in the society as well as by subjecting Tibetans to a series of politically charged meetings. Being the manager of Tholing Monastery, Sonam was also detained and subjected to interrogation for a number of days. Upon his unexpected release, Sonam, along with all the monks of Tholing Gonpa immediately made plans to escape. Sonam recalls how he first came to learn of the Dalai Lama's escape to India and how the monks and general Tibetan populace reacted to this news.

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