Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis was part of a 5-member medical mission that
went to China in 1938 for serving the Chinese people in their
struggle against Japanese imperialism. The medical mission was
sent by Indian National Congress, at the initiative of Pandit
Jawharlal Nehru. The mission served Chinese people for 5 years
under most inhospitable condition, fighting severe cold, lack
of medical facilities and constant threat of Japanese attack.
An organizational meeting of Kotnis Committee in progress
Dr. Kotnis worked round the clock to serve the diseased and
wounded under extreme hardship. Unable to take the constant
pounding - his health started deteriorating. Some of his
comrades could not stand it for long and returned to India -
but not Dr. Kotnis. He fought to the last and died in China
on December 9' 1942.
Kotnis Committee regularly organizes cultural functions
Dr. Kotnis was personification of dedication, commitment and
perseverance. No amount of adversity or hardship could change
his determination to serve the poor. Truly a great son of India,
but largely remaining a unsung hero - the idealism and commitment
of Dr. Kotnis inspired a group of men and women to form an
organization in his memory.
Acupuncture Treatment Centre - Kotnis Committee
Dr. Kotnis Memorial Committee was formed in 1943. However, the
committee could not function for long. In a meeting of like
minded men and women on April 22' 1973 at Calcutta Students
Hall - it was decided to revive Dr. Kotnis Memorial Committee.
For last 30 years, the Kotnis Memorial Committee has been
serving poor and needy patients through its medical centres.
A drama in progress
Though medical service has been the mainstay of Dr. Kotnis
Memorial Committee - its cultural troupe has been propagating
the teachings of Dr. Kotnis through drama, music, one-act plays etc.
The Committee also organizes blood donation camps, community health
programmes, educational programmes etc.
Blood Donation Camp organized by Kotnis Committee