Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping reunite with managing the intricate principles of statecraft and diplomacy from Mamallapuram on Friday, Zhu Pingping that a 71-year-old sprightly girl from eastern China’s Jiangsu province includes a more modest charm to the two leaders — an appeal for assistance to locate her long-lost Indian half-brother along with his loved ones.
A yellowing piece of paper using a title and a Kolkata speech in Chinese is the sole proof that her daddy had an Indian household in the southern Indian town in the early 1940s.
Throughout his four-year remain in Kolkata Zhu Keyong had married an Indian girl and fathered a boy.
But in 1946, Zhu, in his’20s, returned to China, never to return into India, losing contact with his family at Kolkata forever.
It would have remained that way for the Chinese girl he married afterwards in central China and to their kids — a key memory of a tumultuous period — but for just one unexplained day in 1986.
“One day in 1986, my dad called the family to the dinner table. Took out a bit of paper, wrote down a name and a speech and stated it was the title of his son along with his speech in Kolkata,” Zhu, who currently lives in the city of Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province stated.
He did not utter another word about his life at Kolkata and did he mention his son’s mother’s name.
That bit of paper on which Zhu Keyong wrote the address down from memory is the only clue to the past.
2 decades afterward, Zhu Keyong expired.
“It is not a standard Chinese title. The same as Indian titles, it’s with a specified name and the family name next. And, Xiweiqixi isn’t a Chinese household name; possibly a transliteration of their son’s mother’s title,” an official in the Zhenjiang local authorities said.
Numerous individuals including Indian and Chinese experts who have investigated the Chinese community in Kolkata as well as members of their community were unable to zero in on the road.
That is where Zhu Pingping expects the authorities and local governments using historic documents, archives, and older maps can measure in.
“I’d no time in the late 1980s until today to search for my brother and his loved ones. My husband died young and that I had been busy raising my three kids doing odd tasks. Now, they’re settled, I’m retired and I’ve enough opportunity to search for my brother, that must maintain his’70s too,” she informed HT in her small flat in Zhenjiang.
“This is a poignant narrative connecting members of a household in China and India,” that the Zhenjiang overseas affairs office wrote to the Indian consulate in Shanghai earlier this season.
For Zhu Pingping, it is about fulfilling his quiet, close friend’s last wish.
“I only need to locate my brother or his loved ones, if at all possible. I don’t need any money. I just wish to satisfy my father’s desire however he did not say it find his eponymous son, locate my long-lost Indian Lady”.