In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Indian Medical Mission to China, a commemoration meeting was held jointly by China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF) and China Society for People's Friendship Studies (PFS) at the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling Beijing on June 23, 2008, to recall their spirit of internationalism and their great contributions to the Chinese revolution while in China working with Chinese people.
The medical mission to China was dispatched by Jawaharlal Nehru, then leader of the Indian Congress Party. The team was consisted of five volunteer doctors, who were M. M. Atal (captain), M. R. Cholkar (vice captain), D. S. Kotnis, B. K. Basu, and D. Mukerji. The five doctors arrived in Guangzhou on September 17, 1938, and were warmly welcomed by Soong Ching Ling, chairwoman of China Defense League, and personages from various circles. In those hard years of the Anti-Japanese War, the five doctors made great contributions to healing the wounded and rescuing the dying with their dedication and superb medical skills. Among the five doctors, D. S. Kotnis had worked so hard that he felled ill and died on December 9, 1942 at the age of 32.
Over 80 people attended the commemoration meeting, including He Liliang, honorary council member of CSCLF and wife of Huang Hua, former chairman of CSCLF and foreign minister of the People's Republic of China; Bai Jie, deputy secretary-general of CSCLF; Jin Yongjian, former under secretary-general of the United Nations and president of PFS; Nirupama Rao, the ambassador of India to China; foreign friends who have had direct contacts with Dr. D. S. Kotnis and the medical team; experts in related fields; and guests from the media.
At the meeting, Bai Jie, representing CSCLF and He Liliang in her behalf of Huang Hua presented the picture album--The Great and Glorious Life of Soong Ching Ling and Memoirs of Huang Hua as gifts to the relatives of Dr. D. S. Kotnis and the Indian National Library.
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