It was right back in the year of 1962 when the Birthday of the former President Professor Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was celebrated as Teacher’s Day for the first time. Dr. Radhakrishnan was also the President of India and also the Vice-President of the Indian Envoy to the Soviet Union. With all his respect, people knew him more as a philosopher as well as a teacher.
This is the reason why September 5, is known to be as Teacher’s Day. On this special day, here are The 10 Things to Know About ‘Philosopher President’ Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
1. Dr. Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888, in a Poor Brahmin Family at Tiruttani, which is a small town in Madras Presidency. It is said that he wished to become a priest rather studying English.
2. Radhakrishnan pursued his MA in Philosophy in 1908 and became a faculty member at Madras Presidency College. He then went on to teach at the University of Calcutta and also at the University of Oxford.
3. Dr. Radhakrishnan was very popular among all the students and was always been admired for bringing the Indian philosophy to the West. When he decided to leave Calcutta University and Transfer to the University of Mysore, the students drove him in flower decked carriage to the railway station.
4. The late President was married to his distant cousin Sivakamu at the age of 16. His wife died in the year of 1956.
Cricketer VVS Laxman is the great grand nephew of Dr. Radhakrishnan.
5. Before becoming Vice President, Radhakrishnan was appointed as the Ambassador of UNESCO in 1946 and then to Soviet Russia.
6. When Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan became the Indian President, few of his students requested him the permission to celebrate his Birthday. He replied them to observe his birthday as Teachers day.
7. Since former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru wanted Radhakrishnan to succeed Dr Rajendra Prasad as the president in 1957. However, Dr Radhakrishnan succeeded him in 1962.
8. In the presidency of Dr. Radhakrishnan, India was attacked two times. First attack was done by China just few months after his joining and second was done by Pakistan in 1965.
9. The great Indian thinker, S Radhakrishnan “throughout a long life had never been guilty of a mean deed; and it is unlikely that he ever had a mean thought,” his son Sarvepalli Gopal wrote in a biography.
10. Former Politician K Natwar Singh said that Indira Gandhi did not like public criticism of her Government and thus denied Radhakrishnan from his second term in 1967.
“Finally, in the early hours of 17th April 1975, Radhakrishnan drifted out of the harbor of a silent tide,” his son wrote in his biography!