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China to unveil statue of Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis

Date: 30 August 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • A bronze statue of Indian doctor Dwarkanath Kotnis would be unveiled outside a medical school in North China.
  • Kotnis, who hailed from Sholapur in Maharashtra came to China in 1938 as part of a five-member team of doctors sent by the Indian National Congress to help the Chinese during World War II. He joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1942.
  • The bronze statue of Kotnis, known in China as KeDihua, would be formally unveiled at the medical school at Shijiazhuang in September.
  • Kotnis’ medical assistance during the difficult days of the Chinese revolution was praised by Chinese leader Mao Zedong. His statues and memorials were also set in some of the Chinese cities in recognition of his services.