Family members of late Dwarakanath Kotnis, including his three sisters, called on visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao in Mumbai on Thursday morning.
Kotnis, a Maharashtrian physician, served as a part of a medical mission on Sino-Japan war front in 1938.
He died in China, in 1942. His sisters, namely Vatsala Kotnis, Manorama Kotnis along with seven other members of Kotnis family, met Jintao at Taj Mahal [Images] Hotel in Mumbai.
After a half-an-hour-long meeting, Vatsala Kotnis (79) told reporters that the Chinese President paid rich tributes to Kotnis.
"He said that Kotnis will always be a bridge between China and India," she told reporters.
Kotnis family gifted a biography of Kotnis, written by his brother Mangesh Kotnis, a CD of the movie Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani, and handloom bedspreads from Solapur, Kotnis's native place, to Jintao.
The visiting President gifted the Kotnis family an album of rare photographs of Kotnis when he was in China.
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