Coronavirus: Remembering Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis Amid The Coronavirus Outbreak In China

Remembering the Indian hero Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis, who left a remarkable impression on the Chinese people with his relentless service

Vani Malik
Written by: Vani MalikPublished at: Feb 19, 2020
Coronavirus: Remembering Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis Amid The Coronavirus Outbreak In China

China has been in the world news for the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic the country is facing. The outbreak has become a global crisis with several coronavirus cases reported across the globe, including in India. The epidemic is still under debate with many international agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), giving out measures and latest reports on what's happening surrounding coronavirus. The coronavirus in China has killed over 2,000 people as of Wednesday. Also, according to daily updates, 1,693 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed. So far, 74 thousand cases have been reported in China.

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Amid this terrible crisis in China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered all possible help by sending a letter of condolence to President Xi Jinping. At the same time, Ambassador of China Sun Weidong has appreciated India's help against Coronavirus (COVID-19). He said in a statement, "China and India are in close dialogue on the epidemic. We appreciate the solidarity and support provided by India. It is a difficult time for China. This episode reminded me of the period when Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis saved the lives many Chinese citizens. He had a big role to play in the liberation movement of the people of China." Ambassador Sun Weidong shared his heart on his Twitter.

The Indian Hero Who Served China

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Remembering the timeless contributions made by Dr Kotnis, he helped in the treatment of wounded Chinese soldiers in the war between Japan and China in 1940. Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis, an Indian doctor who was born in a middle-class family in Solapur, Maharashtra, visited China in 1938, nine years before India's independence. Dr Kotnis graduated from Seth GS Medical College in Mui and graduated while he was preparing for the masters when he went to China on Subhash Chandra Bose's appeal. Dr Kotnis was a part of the medical mission to provide health aid to wounded and plague-stricken Chinese soldiers during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

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He Breathed His Last In China

Dr Kotnis's commitment was immense to the country of China. He breathed his last in 1942 at the age of 32. During his stay in China, he married Quo Qunglan, a nurse who treated soldiers with him. Quo Qinglan visited India several times to meet Kotnis' family. In a tribute to Dr D. S. Kotnis, a book named In My Life with Kotnis tells how the people of India display their symbol of culture and civilization where ever they go. Although several years have gone by, he is still revered by the people of China. Postage stamps have been issued in the memory of Dr Kotnis. He also has a memorial built in Hebei province. In 2009, during a century of Internet voting by foreign friends of China, Dr Kotnis was voted one of the 'Top 10 Foreigners'.

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