Here’s Why do we celebrate the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan as Teacher’s Day?

Philosophy at Madras Presidency College, University of Mysore, University of Calcutta and University of Oxford. He was also a lecturer in comparative religion at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888. After his appointment as the second President of India in 1963, his students and friends made plans to celebrate his birthday. However, Dr. Radhakrishnan asked his students to celebrate 5 September as Teacher’s Day. According to the Festival of India website, he said, “Instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be a matter of pride for me that September 5 be celebrated as Teacher’s Day.”

Dr. Radhakrishnan earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Madras Christian College. He was interested in and supported and reinterpreted ancient Indian philosophies like Advaita Vedanta. Dr. Radhakrishnan was a staunch supporter of Hinduism and helped others develop a better understanding of it through his interpretations of Hindu philosophical concepts.

He defended Hinduism against what he perceived as undesirable criticism from the West. Dr Radhakrishnan also identified deeply with Tagore’s philosophy and published his first book, The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore.

Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan received knighthood in 1931 and Bharat Ratna in 1954. He wrote a total of 16 books, mostly on Hindu philosophy, and was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Nobel Peace Prize.

PM Modi also paid tribute to former President S Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary, which is celebrated as Teachers’ Day.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted the teacher fraternity on Teachers’ Day, and said it is commendable how teachers have innovated and ensured that the education journey of students continues in the times of Covid.

He also paid tribute to former President S Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary, which is celebrated as Teachers’ Day.

PM Modi tweeted, “On Teacher’s Day, congratulations to the entire teaching fraternity, which has always played a vital role in nurturing young minds.”

He said that it is commendable how the teachers have innovated and ensured that the education journey of the students continues in the times of Covid.

In another tweet, PM Modi said, “I pay tribute to Dr S Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary and remember his distinguished scholarship as well as contribution to our nation.”

Read in Hindi: डॉक्टर सर्वपल्ली राधाकृष्णन के जन्मदिन को हम शिक्षक दिवस के रूप में क्यों मनाते हैं?

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