Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is considered to be one of the important figures of the twentieth century. He was a great philosopher and a politician. There was an interesting incident in the life of Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, a man of excellent talent. That incident changed his life.
Often we say that whatever luck does, it does for good. The same happened with Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He became a great philosopher but this was not his wish. The person whose schism led the whole country to put his head on eyes. Whose birthday was declared as Teacher's Day.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's life was spent in deprivation. The great philosopher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan did not study philosophy on his own. Poverty forced him to study philosophy. It is said that a cousin of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan gave him books of philosophy to read. Radhakrishnan studied only from his brother's books of philosophy.
This was the way for Radhakrishnan's family living in Muflissi to continue their studies. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan studied philosophy in this way and became a great philosopher.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan became the first Vice President of the country. He got the privilege of becoming the second president. He received the title of Knighthood in 1931. Since 1962, his birthday is being celebrated as Teachers' Day. Every year, on the occasion of Teacher's Day on 5 September, every disciple remembers his Guru, offering his gratitude to him.
Dr. Radhakrishnan was born on 5 September 1888 in a very ordinary family. His father wanted the son not to study English but to become a priest of the temple. But Radhakrishnan's mind seemed to be in studies. He studied Philosophy (Philosophy) at the Christian College in Madras. He was so talented that the University of Chicago invited him to give a speech on comparative theology.
From 1949 to 1952, Dr. Radhakrishnan was the ambassador of the USSR. From 1952 to 1962 he held the post of Vice President of the country. In 1954, he was awarded the highest honor of Bharat Ratna. From 1962 to 1967 he was the President of the country. Dr. Radhakrishnan is considered one of the most influential scholars of 20th century India. Radhakrishnan was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Mysore (1918–21), Kolkata (1921–31, 1937–41).
In addition, he was also a professor at Oxford (1936–52). Dr. Radhakrishnan served as Vice-Chancellor at Andhra University, BHU, and Delhi University. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was nominated for the Nobel Prize 27 times. In which he was nominated for 16 times Literature and 11 times Nobel Peace Prize.
When he was the President, people asked him for permission to celebrate his birthday, but he refused. He said that if you want to be respected, then do the teachers of the country. Dr. Radhakrishnan always used to say that good people in studies should always become teachers. Therefore, the whole country celebrates his birthday as Teachers' Day.
When Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan became President, the famous philosopher Bertrand Russell said that 'it is a matter of great pride for a philosophy that Dr. Radhakrishnan has become the President of India and as a philosopher, I am very happy to have it. '