He was students' teacher. He found his joy in making them a learned person. India's second President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's birthday is celebrated every year as Teachers' Day across the country. The bright mind born in Tiruttani on September 5, 1888 in the erstwhile Madras Presidency went through financial hardships to complete his studies. He didn't want to study philosophy but lack of money to buy books compelled him to opt the subject. His cousin who graduated in philosophy gave his books to him thus paving the way for him. He got scholarships throughout his academic life.
You can imagine his popularity among students by one of the incidents where his students gave him a teary farewell. It is said that his students took him from Mysore University to Railway station in a flower-decked carriage pulling it all way long. When he was appointed as President, elated Nobel laureate Bertrand Russel said: "It is an honour to philosophy that Dr Radhakrishnan should be President of India and I, as a philosopher, take special pleasure in this. Plato aspired for philosophers to become kings and it is a tribute to India that she should make a philosopher her President." His charm knew no bounds, from students to Prime Minister and great philosophers, everybody knew that he is one of the true gems of India. Dr. Radhakrishnan who was a follower of Rabindranath Tagore's philosophy also wrote a book on it. He always stressed upon the importance of education and knowledge.
Let's commemorate Dr. Radhakrishnan's birthday with his five inspiring quotes
No matter, how much we grow in life, a teacher's contribution never diminishes. We tend to admire and respect them more when we begin struggling in life.
Do you that former Indian batsman VVS Laxman is great grandnephew of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan? Now we know from where he got that calm demeanour.
Teachers doesn't mean those who teach at school or colleges. Anyone who has played a vital role in your life contributing to your growth as a person is your teacher. They can be your friends, colleagues, neighbours, etc.
After parents, our teachers are the only one who put in so much effort in making us a civilised and disciplined person. They dedicate a major part of their life in cultivating and nurturing young minds.
Today, everyone is busy wishing their teachers and expressing their gratitude. Social media is flooded with quotes and posts honouring gurus. If you are too engrossed in office files and haven't wished your teacher yet, have a look at quotes and messages which you can send them.