A commemorative postage stamp on the 50th Death Anniversary of Ke Dihua :
Issued on Dec 9, 1993
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a special postage stamp on this illustrious son of India who proved to be a great humanist, internationalist and an anti-imperialist soldier and one who sacrificed his life for a human cause and brought honour to the country of his birth.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Single Colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un W/M adhesive gravure coated stamp paper in sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Number of stamps Printed : 1 Million
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press
Name : Dwarkanath Shantaram Kotnis
Born on Oct 10, 1910 at Solapur, Maharashtra, India
Died on Dec 9, 1942 at Kokun, China
- In an extremely difficult terrain in the remote hilly regions, he had to treat wounded soldiers and the local people.
- He also taught medicine to China‘s youth in the Junior Medical School of the Hospital and prepared many teaching notes in the Chinese language and thus built up the medical services in that difficult region. He identified himself with the struggling Chinese people in such a way that he even used to participate in cultivation and other social activities. Dr. Kotnis married Guo Qinglan a colleague-nurse in the hospital. She gave birth to a son who was named In–Hua meaning ‘India–China’.
- Due to his rigorous work schedule, his health was breaking down. However, he did not think of his own health much and continued his routine work which resulted in his pre-mature death on 9 December 1942 at Kokun village of north China.
- In his condolence message Chairman Mao wrote “….. the army has lost a helping hand, the nation has lost a friend. Let us always bear in mind his international spirit“.
- In 1976 the Chinese Govt. set up a Dr. Kotnis Memorial Hall at Schizia–Chuang, Capital of Hopei province. Even non-Chinese school children are taught about Kotnis – how a foreign friend sacrificed his life for the liberation of Chinese people.
- Text Source : Dr. Kotnis Memorial Committee, Calcutta.