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Tondrup Puntso

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Sho-kang Lšn-chen, Chief Minister of Tibet


Born 1862 Died 1925


Shokang. Personal name Tondrup Puntso. Born about 1862. Known as the Chief Minister of Tibet. In 1903 he and the late Lšnchen Shatra, who were then Shapes, were degraded and banished to their own estates near Chusul by the Dalai Lama. He was, however, recalled to Lhasa by the Chinese Envoy, Chang Yin Tang, in 1907, during the absence of the Dalai Lama and appointed Adviser to the National Assembly. In 1908 the Dalai Lama created the office of Lšnchen to provide for his adherents and made three appointments. The Lšnchen Shokang is the sole survivor of the three Chief Ministers and occupies a position rather above that of the Shapes. He accompanied the Dalai Lama to India and was with His Holiness when he visited Lord Minto at Calcutta in March, 1910. A man of penetration and strong character, enjoying the confidence of the Dalai Lama. Secretive and somewhat harsh. Died.

Page references from Who's Who in Tibet

1920 (page 10)

This entry is from "Who Was Who in Tibet?" Copyright Frank Drauschke, Facts & Files, Berlin

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13th Dalai Lama, Bell and officials in Calcutta, 1910