'An Officer and His Holiness' Gives An Inside View To Dalai Lama's Exile In India

Har Mander Singh had successfully managed to rescue Dalai Lama. His niece Rani Singh has penned 'An Officer and His Holiness' which talks in detail about the rescue operation and how that shaped relations between India, China and Tibet.

'An Officer and His Holiness' Gives An Inside View To Dalai Lama's Exile In India

In 1959, Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet to India, where he was granted refuge. Very few know about the carefully calibrated operation to escort him safely from the Indian border. An Officer and His Holiness  by Penguin India narrates how officer Har Mander Singh successfully managed this assignment in the North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) with limited resources, a treacherous terrain and external threats.

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During the operations, Har Mander Singh carefully kept diary entries of the period which have been reproduced for the first time in this book. His niece and journalist Rani Singh, documented the journey through extensive research backed by travel and interviews with Dalai Lama, his youngest brother Tenzin Choegyal and Har Mander Singh.

Her own experience of retracing her uncle's journey also provides a comprehensive overview of the situation today. Rare pictures and valuable inputs from experts bring alive this thrilling operation that forever changed relations between India, China and Tibet. 

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Rani Singh is a journalist. She reports for television, radio, print and online and has a column in the newsweekly the Asian Voice.

The current Dalai Lama- Lhamo Thondup is the 14th Dalai Lama. They are important monks of the Gelug school which is the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism, which was formally headed by the Ganden Tripas. There are several books written which documents his life, with the most prominent ones being The Art of Happiness, The Freedom In Exile, Beyond Religion, Ancient Wisdom, The Universe Is A Single Atom: The Convergence of Science And Spirituality, How To See Yourself As You Really Are, Essential Teachings, My Land and My People, The Path To Enlightenment etc. 

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