Today is the day of teachers, the ones who are responsible for educating whole country. The ones who spend all their time just to improvise the state of a child, his/her intellect, the intelligence, who embraces the talent behind the child, who takes the skills out of them and make them realize what they are able to each and that can be whole world. Every business tycoon, every great scientist, mathematician, doctor, engineer, journalist has their own people they call them their tutors, their teachers not just of their subjects but of their whole life too. We are born in this world with a rule of living on our own after a period of time but every one of us even if someone is not into studies because of the life they were chosen for, we still need someone to teach us, to guide us through the life, to let us know who we actually are and we know we the students are the conquerors and they are the ones who taught us how to conquer. As the Sant Kabir Das said “The Teacher is greater than god, if it hadn’t been for my teacher, I’d never be able to see god”.
Today on the Teacher’s Day, we are going to know about the Indian academic, professor, philosopher, and a great politician who served as first Vice-President of India (1952-1962) and the second President of India (1962-1967). He was India’s most distinguished scholars of comparative religion and philosophy, the one to believe ‘teachers should be the best minds in a nation’. The one whose date of birth is celebrated as The Teacher’s Day in India since 1962. The one and only Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. After completing his education at Madras Christian College in 1909, he then held the professorial positions in various universities around India and then became the first Indian to hold this position at University of Oxford in 1932 till 1952, the year he was selected as the first Vice-President of India. His philosophy was all about Advaita Vedanta. He defended Hinduism against what is known as ‘uninformed western criticism ‘. He reinterpreted the tradition for a contemporary understand and contributed in the formation of contemporary Hindu identity. He was influential in shaping the understanding of the Hinduism in both India and the west and he is known to connect the India and the west. He was awarded several high awards during his lifetime including a knighthood in 1931, the Bharat Ratna in 1954, the honorary membership of British Royal Order Merit in 1963. He was also one of the founders of The Helpage, a non-profit organization for elderly. As You know the average salary of a President would way to high even in those times as the position of president that comes with responsibilities important more than the life itself. He still accepted the amount of only Rs. 2500 to Rs. 10000 and other than that he donated his money to P.M.’s national relief fund. There are scholarships named Radhakrishnan Chevening on him and awards named Radhakrishnan Memorial award on him. Few of his notable works were Gautama The Buddha, India and China, Philosophy of Rabindra Nath Tagore, Reign of Religion in Contemporary Philosophy. This down to earth person by his nature, a distinguished scholar in whole world and an amazing president died on 17th of April in 1975.