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On the 82nd anniversary of the sacrifice made by Dr. Dwarka Nath Kotnis, a member of the Indian Medical Mission to China, a three-day free acupuncture treatment camp was organized at Janj Ghar Shasti Nagar near GT Bahdur Hospital in Ludhiana. During the camp, 86 patients received acupuncture treatment.

Dr. Inderjit Singh, the director of Dr. Kotnis Memorial Hospital, commemorated the 82nd anniversary by reflecting on the historical context. In 1937-38, amidst the severe Japanese aggression and the resistance of the Chinese people, Jawaharlal Nehru, a leader of the Indian National Congress, decided to send medical aid to China. Dr. Kotnis, along with a team of five members, including Dr. Aral, Dr. Cholkar, Dr. B.K. Basu, and Dr. Bebesh from Kolkata, was sent to China.

The medical mission worked diligently in various parts of China. Unfortunately, Dr. Mukherjee, Dr. Aral, and Dr. Cholkar had to return due to health issues. However, Dr. Basu and Dr. Kotnis stayed in China and joined the liberation movement of the Chinese people. Dr. Kotnis passed away in China on December 9, 1942, at the age of 32. Dr. Basu, after returning to India in July 1943, actively engaged in the Indian freedom movement.

In 1958, Dr. Basu went to China and learned acupuncture therapy. In 1959, he introduced acupuncture therapy in India, specifically in Kolkata. Despite the strained relations between India and China after the 1962 border conflict, Dr. Basu was invited to China in 1972, where he learned acupuncture anesthesia. In 1973, he started propagating the ideals of the medical mission through the service of people.

Dr. Kotnis Hospital has been serving the community for the past 48 years. In China, a museum was set up in Schchiachung to commemorate Dr. Kotnis, teaching the youth about the support India provided during their liberation movement.

Dr. Inderjit Singh, reflecting on Dr. Kotnis’s life, emphasized the enduring friendship between the two countries. He highlighted the need to remember the significant contribution of Indian people in aiding China during challenging times. As a tribute, free treatment camps were organized on this day to pay homage to Dr. Kotnis.

Prof. Ganesh Channa (Hometown from Dr. Kotnis Memorial Solapur) visited Dr. Kotnis hospital and meet with Dr. Inderjit Singh on 13th Dec 2023 at Ludhiana.

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Solapur’s Compassionate Son: Early Years and Inspirations

In the vibrant city of Solapur, Maharashtra, on October 10, 1910, a compassionate soul named Dwarkanath Kotnis was born. His early years, shaped by the cultural richness and community spirit of Solapur, laid the foundation for a remarkable journey. Driven by an inquisitive mind and profound empathy, young Dwarkanath ventured into the field of medicine, inspired by the diverse influences of his hometown.

Dreams Beyond Borders: From Solapur to War-Torn China

The dusty streets of Solapur witnessed the nascent dreams of a young boy whose aspirations would transcend borders, making him a symbol of humanity’s finest attributes. Little did the city know that the seeds of altruism sown in its soil would blossom into a life of service that spanned continents and cultures. Dwarkanath Kotnis’s odyssey from Solapur’s charming lanes to the war-torn landscapes of China bore witness to the universality of compassion and the boundless reach of a caring heart. Today, on the 81st anniversary of his passing, we pay tribute to a man whose legacy serves as a beacon of cross-cultural cooperation and humanitarian service between India and China.

Medical Maverick: Contributions During the Second Sino-Japanese War

Dwarkanath Kotnis, a distinguished Indian physician, gained prominence for his selfless service during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). Motivated by the plight of the Chinese people, he volunteered for a medical mission to China, working tirelessly in war-torn regions to provide medical assistance to soldiers and civilians. His unwavering commitment and compassionate efforts earned him immense respect in China, where he became a national hero. On December 9, 1942, at the tender age of 32, Dwarkanath Kotnis succumbed to illness, leaving behind a legacy of international solidarity and medical altruism.

Kong Xianhua
Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Mumbai

Journey to China: A Cross-Cultural Medical Mission

Completing his medical studies at Grant Medical College in Mumbai and specializing in ophthalmology, Kotnis embarked on his journey to China in 1938 as part of a medical mission led by Dr. M. Atal. Working under challenging conditions, he not only treated the wounded but also embraced the local culture, learning Chinese and adapting to customs. His dedication to the Chinese people led to his appointment as the Director of Medical Services in the Chinese army.

Enduring Legacy: Posthumous Honors and International Recognition

Dwarkanath Kotnis’s impact extended beyond his lifetime, etching his contributions into history as a symbol of selflessness and international collaboration. The Indian government posthumously honored him with the prestigious Padma Bhushan in 1951 for his exceptional service. His story became widely known through books, documentaries, and films, including the acclaimed Hindi movie “Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani.”

Chinese Gratitude: Memorial in Shijiazhuang and Continuing Friendship

In China, Dwarkanath Kotnis is remembered with deep gratitude. The city of Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province, where he served, houses a memorial hall showcasing his belongings and serving as a testament to the enduring friendship between India and China.

Dr. Rajendra Jadhav
Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis Memorial Committee, Mumbai Chairman
One decade completed The Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence Friendship Award for Dr. Rajendra Jadhav

Reflecting on a Life of Compassion: The 81st Death Anniversary Commemoration

As we commemorate the 81st death anniversary of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis, we reflect on a life that exemplifies the universal values of compassion and service, transcending borders and cultures. His story remains a powerful narrative of solidarity between nations in times of adversity, inspiring generations to come.

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Solapur : On the occasion of the 112th birth anniversary of the eminent humanitarian Dr. Dwarakanath Kotnis, who hailed from Solapur, a floral tribute ceremony was organized by the Solapur Municipal Commissioner, Hon. Sheetal Teli, and attended by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Hon. Sandeep Karanje, as well as Shri. Ramesh Mohite and Prof. Ganesh Channa.

Numerous students and teachers from various schools and colleges were present at this event, which took place in several schools and educational institutions across the city. The ceremony involved the offering of floral tributes to honor the memory and contributions of Dr. Dwarakanath Kotnis.

Dr. Dwarakanath Kotnis is celebrated for his selfless service as a physician during the Sino-Japanese War in the 1930s. His dedication to humanity and the medical profession continues to inspire people, and his legacy is especially significant in his hometown of Solapur. The event not only paid homage to his memory but also served as a reminder of the values of compassion, service, and dedication to the welfare of others that he embodied throughout his life.

Prof. Ganesh Cahnna said It is my pleasure to join you today to mark the 112th birth anniversary of the great Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis at the Dr. Kotnis Memorial in Solapur, Maharashtra.

Dr. Kotnis was an Indian doctor who was part of the team of medical professionals sent to China to help the Chinese people during the Second Sino-Japanese War. His life and dedication to the Chinese people during this crisis is widely recognized and appreciated.

Today, we are gathered here to commemorate his life and work and to pay tribute to his memory. It is my hope that we can be inspired by his dedication and service to others and use it as motivation to serve our communities. Thank you all for taking the time to remember Dr. Kotnis on this special day.

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New Delhi : India commemorates the birth anniversary of a true hero, Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis, on this special day. Dr. Kotnis, born on October 10, 1910, remains an enduring symbol of dedication, compassion, and selflessness in the annals of Indian history.

Prof. Ganesh Channa (Member of Dr. Kotnis Memorial Solapur) said Dr. Kotnis is a great friend of China and a symbol of China-India friendship struggling for national independence and rejuvenation. Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis is well known international personality in China and India. The China government always remember dr. kotnis help to Chinese people. China established medical vocational college and memorial on name of dr. kotnis.

Hailing from the town of Solapur in Maharashtra, Dr. Kotnis was an exceptional medical professional who left an indelible mark on the world, particularly during a crucial period in India’s history. He studied medicine at the prestigious Grant Medical College in Mumbai before embarking on an extraordinary journey.

In 1938, Dr. Kotnis answered the call of duty by volunteering to join the Indian Medical Mission to China. This mission was dispatched to provide medical aid during China’s resistance against Japanese aggression. Dr. Kotnis, along with four other Indian doctors, arrived in war-torn China, where they faced dire circumstances and overwhelming challenges.

Dr. Kotnis’ unwavering commitment to his medical duties under extremely harsh conditions became legendary. He treated countless wounded soldiers and civilians, working tirelessly day and night. His dedication and selflessness earned him immense respect and admiration, not only from his fellow Indians but also from the Chinese people he served.

Tragically, Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis’ life was cut short at the young age of 32 due to complications arising from his relentless work. His sacrifice for the cause of humanity serves as a poignant reminder of the lengths to which individuals can go in the pursuit of healing and peace.

India celebrates Dr. Kotnis’ legacy as a symbol of friendship between India and China, a testament to the spirit of international solidarity, and an inspiration for future generations of medical professionals.

On this birth anniversary, we honor the memory of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis, a true Indian hero, and a global icon of medical altruism. His life and work continue to inspire us to strive for selflessness and compassion in our own lives, making the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time.

Dr. Kotnis is an inspiration to people all over the world. He is a reminder that even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference in the world.

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