Returning to Kham

Melvyn C. Goldstein, Dawei Sherap and William R. Siebenschuh

in A Tibetan Revolutionary

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240896
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940307 | DOI:
Returning to Kham

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Phüntso Wangye returned to Kham in the early 1942. The idea that the revolutionary work there was about to begin was exhilarating, although he knew he had to be very careful. On the way to Derge, Phüntso stopped at Tartsedo and stayed long enough to launch the first revolutionary organization in Kham. He planned to make Derge the hub of his new organization. A relationship developed between Chagö Tomden, one of the most famous aristocrats in Derge, and Phüntso. The idea of a unified greater Tibet aside, Chagö had doubts about trying to dislodge the Chinese. When Phüntso learned that he was in danger, he rethought his plans. Tomden and Phüntso headed west into the heart of Tibet—the kingdom of the Dalai Lama.

Keywords: Phüntso Wangye; Kham; Derge; Tartsedo; revolutionary organization; Chagö Tomden; Tibet

Chapter.  4875 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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