Though Tibet’s system of governance had serious lacunas, the Land of Snows was free and independent. In October 1950, Mao’s regime decided to ‘liberate’ it. ‘Liberate’ from what, was the question everybody asked.
Though some in Delhi did not realise it, it would soon be a tragedy for India too, as it had to suddenly live with a new neighbor, whose ideology was the opposite of Buddhist values.
The narrative starts soon after Independence and ends with the signing of the 17-Point Agreement in Beijing in May 1951 when Tibet lost its Independence …and India, a gentle neighbour.
Using never-accessed-before Indian archival material, this book is the first of a series of four books on the India-Tibet Relations (1947-62).
The next volumes will respectively cover the periods 1952-1954, 1954-1957 and 1957-1962.
Tibet : The Last Months of a Free Nation India Tibet Relations (1947-1962)
Claude Arpi was born in 1949 in Angoulême, France. Since 1974, he is settled in South India. He is the author of several books and more than one thousand articles on Tibet, China, India, defence and border issues and Indo-French relations.
Claude holds the Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa Chair of Excellence of the United Service Institution of India for his research on India-Tibet Relations.
His website (http://www.claudearpi.net) carries the largest number of historical documents on topics such as the Indo-China relations, the flight of the Dalai Lama in 1959 and the consequences of the 1962 Sino-Indian war for India, etc. His blog (http://claudearpi.blogspot.in) is popular with those interested in defence and international relations issues, particularly related to Tibet and China.