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Experts Exchange: Vinay Lal
Vinay Lal
Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Prof. Vinay Lal is Associate Professor of History at UCLA where he teaches Indian history, comparative colonial histories, contemporary politics and knowledge, and the politics of culture. His research interests include the worldwide Indian diaspora, especially in the U.S., Fuji, Trinidad, Malaysia, and South Africa. His most recent book is The Other Indians: A Political & Cultural History of South Asians in America, published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press.

 

Framing a Discourse: China and India in the Modern World


[keywords: Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis, hegemonic discourse, development, strategic alliances, Buddhism, counter-hegemonic discourse, civilization, Hsuan Tsang, Rabindranath Tagore]

Preamble
On 23 November 2006, on a state visit to India, Hu Jintao, President of the People’s Republic of China, took some time out to visit an 85-year old woman in Mumbai by the name of Manorama Kotnis. More than six decades ago, her older brother Dwarkanath, who had studied medicine in what was then Bombay, departed along with four other doctors as part of an Indian medical humanitarian mission to China which was then fighting off a Japanese invasion. Dr. Kotnis alone did not return from that mission: working throughout northern China over nearly five years, he treated thousands of wounded Chinese soldiers, often forgoing sleep for 72 hours at a stretch, and died on the battlefield from epilepsy in December 1942.

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