1935: A boy born to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet is declared the 14th Dalai Lama two years later
1949: Mao Zedong proclaims the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Threatens Tibet with ‘liberation.’
1950: China invades eastern Tibet
1951: China forces Tibetan leaders to sign a Seventeen Point Agreement. It professes to guarantee autonomy to Tibet, respect the Buddhist religion, and allows China to build civil and military headquarters at Lhasa.
1954: The Dalai Lama and Mao meet in Beijing
1959: Full-scale uprising in Lhasa. Thousands die. The Dalai Lama and most of his ministers flee to India, followed by another 80,000.
1965: Chinese government establishes the Tibetan Autonomous Region
1966: The Cultural Revolution reaches Tibet. Many monasteries destroyed or shut down.
1980s: China introduces "Open Door" reforms and boosts investments in Tibet
1987: The Dalai Lama calls for the establishment of Tibet as a zone of peace, seeks dialogue with Beijing
March 1989: Martial law is imposed in Lhasa after days of rioting
August 1991: Talks between the Dalai Lama and China break down
1994: The Dalai Lama suspends dialogue with China due to lack of progress
December 1999: The Dalai Lama says Tibetans would be satisfied with self-rule but accuses the Chinese of cultural genocide
2002: Contacts between the Dalai Lama and Beijing resume
2006: China opens Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world’s highest railroad, saying it will help develop Tibet....
Vikas Pathak /
The challenge Congress faces at present is it has to fight not just internal dissidence and the BJP but deal with anti-BJP regional parties, who are no longer seeing it as a viable ally.