Announcing this at the 80th death anniversary of Dr Kotnis in the city, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China Kong Xianhua said: “Dr Kotnis’s behaviour makes us aware that a good China-India relationship is promoted by the people and should benefit the people in the end. To carry forward his spirit, the CG in Mumbai will work with Solapur Municipality to establish Dr Kotnis Friendship School,” said the Consul General Xianhua.
He added that nine Chinese investment companies have expressed the intent to support the project.
Part of a team of five Indian doctors who went to China in 1938 during the second Sino-Japanese War, Dr Kotnis worked at the battlefront and saved around 800 injured soldiers. He became director of a hospital, fell in love with a Chinese nurse, married her and they had a son in August 1942. The couple named him Yinhua-meaning Yin (India) and Hua (China). Tireless work and inclement weather took a toll on his health and he died at 32. Chairman Mao, mourning Dr Kotnis‘s death and acknowledged his services, penned an eulogy: “The Chinese people will never forget Dr Kotnis’s international spirit.” On August 30 this year this eulogy, a testimony to India-China friendship, was installed in the form of a plaque at Dr Kotnis Memorial Hall in Solapur. Dr Kotnis’s fascinating story was told in V Shantaram’s 1946 film Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani.