Tibet

Arms and the elephant

Print edition : August 23, 2013

The file noting seeking to locate an elephant as a suitable "return present" for the Dalai Lama after the Tibetan mission visited Delhi with gifts for the King and the Viceroy and a congratulatory letter on the Allied victory in the Second World War.

Prime Minster Jawaharlal Nehru with Girja Shankar Bajpai at 10 Downing Street, London. Photo: The Hindu Archives

China's sovereign claims in Tibet were important to Chiang Kai-shek (in picture with his wife) in the 1940s. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

May 7, 1947: Chinese Ambassador-designate Lo Chia Luen meets with Jawaharlal Nehru. Photo: THE HINDU PHOTO ARCHIVES

The Dalai Lama with an External Affairs Ministry official on April 19, 1959. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Archival material of the 1940s shows that the British supplied arms to Tibet and a movie projector to the Dalai Lama and even made vain attempts to send an elephant to him.
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