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On The Dalai Lama’s 82nd Birthday, Looking Back on Some Milestones

Most people in the world won’t recognise the name Tenzin Gyatso, but call him His Holiness the Dalai Lama and most in the world will know who you are talking about. We all know that the 14th Dalai Lama took refuge in India decades ago and has been living here since, but wouldn’t it be amazing for the younger generation to see how he came to India in 1959?

On his 82nd Birthday today – July 6 – also celebrated as ‘World Tibet Day’, we bring to you some archival footage from British Pathe, a repository of newsreels, cine-magazines and documentaries of the young Dalai Lama when he first came to India.

Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India was the one who granted asylum to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In the video below the two can be seen meeting each other for the first time.

After living in India for 5 years, the Dalai Lama opened his first monastery in 1964.

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