Teachers Day is just around the corner and while students and teachers all over the country gear up to celebrate the occasion, not a lot of people remember the man who was behind Teachers day. Let’s take a closer look into the life and achievements of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who is the reason why we celebrate Teachers Day each year.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the first Vice-President and the second President of the country, and this man did a lot to make the nation proud. Here are some interesting facts about Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was felicitated with multiple awards and recognitions. He won the Bharat Ratna, which is the highest civilian honor in India. He also won the Peace Prize in 1961 for the German Book Trade he conducted. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was appointed as a Knight Bachelor 1931 due to his multiple accomplishments. He also won the Sahitya Akademi which is the highest award given to a writer. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the first person to win this award.
9. Preferred Dr. To Sir
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was appointed as the Knight Bachelor in 1931 where he was honored with the title of Sir. However, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan chose to cease the title and preferred to be referred to as Dr. after Independence on India.
8. Teacher, Politician, Philosopher
Apart from being the first Vice President, second President and an avid historian, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was also a dotting teacher who was a professor at some of the most reputed colleges in India. He was one of the main people who put India on the map of the world.
7. Oxford For Easter Religions And Ethics
Dr. Radhakrishnan was called to Oxford for a speech and he left H.N Spalding so star struck, they set up a fund for religious studies which is active till date.
6. Honored At Oxford
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was such a popular teacher that his impact spread far and wide. He was one of the most loved teachers and in order to pay their respects to him, Oxford set up a scholarship under his name which is known as the “Radhakrishnan Chevening Scholarships”.
5. The Legacy Continues
While people believe that it was just Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who was an impressive personality in his family, a lot of people do not know that his son Mr. Sarvepalli Gopal was a renowned historian who did a lot for the nation. His Great grand nephew VVS Laxman is a popular cricketer in India.
4. Peace At Rajya Sabha
During Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s tenure, there used to be heated arguments between the ministers and during this time Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan would recite Slokas and quotes from the Bible to calm the ministers down. According to Mr. Nehru, he could turn the meetings into a family gathering. Ministers would forget about their fights and arguments and begin to laugh and interact with each other. This was a rare thing to see at a Rajya Sabha meeting.
3. Hindu Views, Modernized Ways
Although Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a Hindu by religion and he did promote a lot of Hindu teachings while he preached, one of the main things he did differently, is use modern methods which were easy to follow and had logic to it. He was considered as the bridge that connected the East to the West. His thoughts and his speeches were highly appreciated all over the world.
2. Professor By Chance
He had no intensions of becoming a professor, however his cousin once handed him a Philosophy book and this is what changed his life for the better. Dr. Radhakrishnan developed a huge passion for the subject and he knew that this is what he wanted to do. With his education, teachings and preaching’s he wanted to make India a better country. His father always wanted him to become a priest and had no intention of encouraging him to learn English.
1. Thesis On Vendata
When Dr. Radhakrishnan was just 20, he wrote a thesis on how the Vedanta system had no room for ethics. He openly spoke about how certain traditions and beliefs were harsh and hurtful. While he was afraid that his thesis would be criticized, he believed in it and submitted it. His professor was so impressed by it, the thesis was published and later came to be called as “The Ethics of the Vedanta and its Metaphysical Presuppositions”