Teacher’s Day – A tribute to Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

“गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णु र्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरःI गुरु साक्षात परब्रह्मा तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमःII” In Hindu scriptures, a Guru (teacher) is designated as the Lord. The shloka says, Guru is Brahma (the creator), Guru is Vishnu (the preserver) and Guru is Lord of the Lords Maheshwara (the destroyer). Salutations to the Guru, who himself is the Supreme Lord.

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Watch the amazingly motivational ‘Teacher’s Day’ speech by Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

In India ‘Teacher’s Day’ is celebrated on 5th of September, every year in the honor of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India. Radhakrishnan was an Indian philosopher and political leader. He served India as the first Vice President from 1952–1962 and the second President from 1962–1967.

He was India’s most distinguished scholars of comparative religion and philosophy. He served as the Professor at the Madras Presidency College, University of Mysore, University of Calcutta,  Manchester College and at University of Chicago. He was the first Indian to hold a professorial chair at the University of Oxford.

He was honored with the Bharat Ratna (1954), the British Royal Order of Merit (1963) and  the Knighthood Award in 1931. He was the founder of ‘Helpage India,’ a non-profit organization for elderly unprivileged Indians.

He was recognized as the ‘bridge builder’ between India and West, because of his contributions in formation of the Contemporary Hindu Identity. He believed that “Teachers should be the best minds in the country”.

When he became the second President of India, his students requested his consent on celebrating his birthday as ‘Radhakrishnan Day.’ But, he replied; “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th  is observed as Teachers’ Day.”

Since 1967, every year on the 5th of September, India celebrates ‘Teacher’s Day’ to honor one of the most loved teacher Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was the President of India, still he wanted to be recognized as a TEACHER. This is the greatness of a Teacher.

Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi wished everyone on the ‘Teacher’s Day.’ His tweet read; शिक्षक दिवस के अवसर पर सभी शिक्षकों को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। Teachers Day greetings to everyone. India pays tributes to Dr. S Radhakrishnan, an exceptional teacher and mentor, on his Jayanti.”

“The Teacher’s Day” comes with a Nostalgia gushing from the childhood days. Who doesn’t remember dressing up like a teacher and going to the school? Cherry on the top used to be the cultural programmes held at the end of the day. Today 46 best Teachers were honored with the  ‘National Teachers Awards’ by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind.“Teaching is not a profession, a way of life”-says PM Shri Narendra Modi. A salute to all the Teacher’s, for brightening the future of India. “Happy Teacher’s Day!”

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