Remembering Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan – Celebrating Teacher’s Day in India


Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an academic philosopher, the first Vice President of India (1952–1962), and the second President of India (1962 to 1967). He has been praised for placing Indian philosophy on the world map. During his academic career, he was bestowed with several awards.

  1. Appointed a Knight Bachelor in the year 1931.
  2. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1938.
  3. Honored with the prestigious Bharat Ratna Award in 1954.
  4. Honored with the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 1961.

His Political Career:

  1. Nominated to the League of Nations Committee for Intellectual Cooperation in 1931.
  2. Represented India at the UNESCO (1946–1952).
  3. Was Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union, from 1949 to 1952.

Origin of Teachers’ Day in India:

When Radhakrishnan became the President of India, some of his friends and students requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, on 5th September. He replied, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5th September is observed as Teachers’ Day.” Since then his birthday has been celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India.

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan passed away on April 17, 1975.

On the 42nd death anniversary of Dr. Radhakrishnan, we bring to you:

Some of the books authored by him:

  1. Idealist View of Life
  2. The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore (1918)
  3. Religion and Society
  4. The Pursuit Of Truth
  5. Foundation of Civilisation: Ideas and Ideals
  6. East and West: Some Reflections
  7. The Philosophy of Hinduism
  8. The Sacred Writings of the Sikhs
  9. The Principal Upanishads
  10. Hindu View of Life

Some of the inspiring quotes by him that you must read:

  1. Tolerance is the homage which the finite mind pays to the inexhaustibly of the Infinite.
  2. Religion is the conquest of fear; the antidote to failure and death
  3. We need not seek a cause or a motive or a purpose for that which is, in its nature, eternally self-existent and free.
  4. Reading a book gives us the habit of solitary reflection and true enjoyment.
  5. It is said that a man without religion is like a horse without bridle.
  6. To look upon life as an evil and treat the world as delusion is sheer ingratitude.
  7. Religion is behavior and not mere belief.
  8. Books are the means by which we build bridges between cultures.
  9. The prophets of spirit make history just by standing outside history.
  10. Human life as we have it is only the raw material for Human life as it might be.
  11. All our world organizations will prove ineffective if the truth that love is stronger than hate does not inspire them.


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