Nyarong Atti fought against Chinese rule but now follows developments in his homeland helplessly from afar
Every year on 10 March, Nyarong Atti spends the day praying for Tibetans around the world. He offers pujas, or prayers, to those who, like him, fled to India after the People’s Liberation Army crushed protesters in Lhasa. The crackdown ended a fledgling rebellion against Chinese rule and sent the Dalai Lama into exile.
Thousands of Tibetans surrounded the Dalai Lama’s palace in Lhasa 60 years ago on Sunday, fearing a Chinese plot to kidnap or assassinate the leader. Chinese forces had occupied the Himalayan region nine years earlier and formed an uneasy alliance with the Dalai Lama, but tensions had been building.