Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dr Kotnis amidst times of the ”Chinese Virus”

Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic racial slurs are being thrown around
towards people of Ladakh, Kargil and North-east despite them being a part of the same nation due to their resemblance with people living in the Republic of China. On the other hand, the world has resorted to calling the Novel Corona virus as Chinese Virus with the same hashtag trending on Twitter. During these times, it becomes imperative to recall the tale of Dr Kotnis, an example of Sino-India friendship. Dr Dwarkanath Shantaram Kotnis was an Indian doctor whose death was mourned by Mao Zedong, the founding father of People’s Republic of China.
Dr Kotnis went to war-torn China which was suffering from Japanese invasions to save the lives of soldiers. On some days, he worked tirelessly for about 72 hours straight without a wink of sleep and deteriorated his own health. When the war ended, everyone was ready to go home, except Dr Kotnis who had fallen in love with China and was given a Chinese name — Kedihua.
Much like Dr Kotnis, the doctors and paramedical staff across the world are working day and night to treat Coronavirus patients. Even countries with much better healthcare systems than India like U.S.A, Italy, France, Spain are failing to combat this virulent disease.
But one things which has become common during the worldwide lockdown is the way the doctors, families of patients infected with Coronavirus and people of China, or having similarities with China are being treated. While all of Humanity should be praying and making efforts to cure the world of this virus, petty a
attempts are being made to harrass those fighting the good fight.
There are stories of Doctors being harassed by landlords and people spitting on the residents of North-east who are currently out of their homes for studies or work.
They are being called ‘Coronavirus’ while the world leaders call Corona the ‘Chinese virus’. Many Indian Doctors are in Wuhan trying to find a way to cure Coronavirus and on the other hand, the ones who are in India are not only battling Novel Corona but also shortage of protective gear. Over 30 doctors have already died in Italy and all across the world doctors are at the forefront of this fight. A video of a doctor in Saudi Arab who stops his child from hugging him and then breaks down because of being overworked and overstressed went viral on social media showing the real heroes who are literally saving the world, patient by patient.
It has also made Governments think deep about their prioritizing Defence over Healthcare. This was with Corona is no less than a third world war, and the only way to get out of it is through solidarity.


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