Recollections and reflections

Reminiscences, Rafi Ahmad Kidwai

I first came in contact with Subhas Bose in 1923 at Delhi when the Congress was divided into two groups over the question of what was known as 'Council Entry.'...Subhas Babu, as the favourite lieutenant of Deshabandhu, was playing a prominent part in the controversy. more>>

Ambulance Unit to China, Statement issued by Bose

Ever since the Japanese aggression in China began last year, the Indian National Congress has repeatedly expressed its sympathy for the Chinese people in their struggle for freedom and peace. Apart from resolutions of sympathy being passed, pro-Chinese demonstrations were held all over the country. A sum of Rs. 8,000 (eight thousand rupees) was also collected and is now in the hands of the All-India Congress Committee Office. The Working Committee of Congress, at its last meeting in Bombay, decided to send an Ambulance Unit with the doctors to China for demonstrating our solidarity with the Chinese people, instead of sending only monetary relief. The Committee also appointed a sub-committee consisting of Dr Jiveraj Mehta, Dr Sunil Chandra, B.Sc, Dr RM Lohia, Shri GP Hutheesing for the ambulance unit together with the doctors. The sub-committee held a meeting in Bombay on the 24th instant, and decided to send a fully-equipped motor car ambulance to China and a batch of four qualified doctors, preferably experienced surgeons. One year's expenses were worked out and it was found that a sum of rupees thirty thousand was needed for the Medical Mission. Since we have only rupees eight thousand in hand, we shall have to collect a further sum of Rupees twenty-two thousand.

Applications from qualified medical men who would like to join the Medical Mission to China are invited. Applicants should preferably be surgeons with some experience and should undertake toserve for at least one year. They should send in their applications to the Secretary, Foreign Department, All-India Congress Committee, Allahabad, with a copy to the Secretary of the China sub-committee, Mr GP Hutheesing of Gulshan Villa, Qamar Park, Warden Road, Bombay. The expenses of equipment, board and lodging in China together with a small pocket allowance will be provided for the doctors but no salary will be paid.

In order to demonstrate once again our deep sympathy for the Chinese people in their hour of trial, I request all Congress organisations in the country to observe the 12th June, 1938, as an All-India Chinese Day. Meetings and processions should be held on that day and a serious endeavour should be made to collect fund for our Medical Mission. If the necessary efforts are made, it should not be difficult to collect the entire amount of Rupees twenty-two thousandby that date. In this connection I also appeal to firms dealing in medical stores and appliances which are badly needed in China today and help in kind will not be less welcome to the distressed and injured Chinese people than assistance in cash.

In conclusion I may remind my countrymen that it is essential that our proposed medical aid should reach China as early as possible. We should, therefore, get ready to give a send-off to our Medical Mission by the first week of July at the very latest. Theseventh of July, the day on which Japanese aggression started last year, would be an appropriate day for wishing Bon Voyage to the Indian friends of China.