China to unveil bronze statue of Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis

Beijing, August 28

A bronze statue of Indian physician Dwarkanath Kotnis, who’s revered in China for his contributions through the Chinese revolution headed by its founder Mao Zedong and the World War II, will likely be unveiled outdoors a medical college in North China subsequent month, based on the official media right here.

Kotnis, who hailed from Sholapur in Maharashtra got here to China in 1938 as a part of a five-member staff of medical doctors despatched by the Indian National Congress to assist the Chinese throughout World War II. He joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1942 and died the identical 12 months on the age of 32.

The bronze statue of Kotnis, recognized in China as Ke Dihua, could be formally unveiled on the medical college at Shijiazhuang in September, state-run Xinhua information company reported on Thursday.

Kotnis’ medical help through the troublesome days of the Chinese revolution was praised by Chinese chief Mao Zedong. His standing and memorials had been additionally set in a few of the Chinese cities in recognition of his providers.

He was married to Chinese nationwide Guo Qinglan, who died in 2012.

Apart from the varsity named after him because the Shijiazhuang Ke Dihua Medical Science Secondary Specialised School, there are memorials of Kotnis in each Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province, and Tangxian county the place he as soon as labored.

Late Chinese chief Mao Zedong was deeply affected by his loss of life, the report stated.

Mao wrote in his eulogy: “The army has lost a helping hand and the nation has lost a friend. Let us always bear in mind his internationalist spirit.”

According to Liu Wenzhu, an official of the Shijiazhuang Ke Dihua Medical Science Secondary Specialised School, because the founding of the varsity in 1992 greater than 45,000 medical professionals have graduated from it.

Each of the brand new college students and workers should swear in entrance of a stone statue of Kotnis that they’d work like him, he stated.

Liu hopes that Kotnis will likely be remembered not solely as an emblem for uplifting medical college students to work arduous but in addition an everlasting bond between the folks of China and India.

“We are the world’s two most populous countries … We should always be friends, coexisting peacefully,” he advised Xinhua. PTI

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