TIBET: Long Day's Journey

"Yesterday," India's Prime Minister Nehru told an electrified Parliament, "I was thinking of informing the House of a certain development, but I hesitated to do so because I wanted it to be fully confirmed." Then, as the M.P.s broke into wild cheers, Nehru produced the news for which the whole free world had been waiting: Tibet's god-king, the 23-year-old Dalai Lama, had successfully eluded the Communists and reached India in safety.

Nehru's announcement capped one of the epic escape stories of history. On the night of March 17, under cover of darkness, Tibet's Living Buddha slipped out of the Norbulingka, his...

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