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The Legacy of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan


General Knowledge  •  5 Sept, 2023  •  4,021 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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India's Teacher's Day, observed annually on the 5th of September, celebrates the invaluable contributions of educators to society. But beyond this, it commemorates the birth anniversary of a remarkable individual, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who wore many hats – as a philosopher, educator, and statesman. This post seeks to explore his profound influence and why India dedicates this day in honour of him.

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Early Life: The Humble Beginnings

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Born in 1888 in the town of Tiruttani in Tamil Nadu (then part of the Madras Presidency), Radhakrishnan grew up in a middle-class family. Despite the financial constraints, his early life was rich with intellectual pursuits, something that laid the foundation for his illustrious career ahead. Also, by emphasizing the universality of human experience, Radhakrishnan hoped that education could become a tool for global peace and understanding.

Education: A Quest for Knowledge

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Dr. Radhakrishnan's academic journey began at Voorhees College in Vellore, followed by studies at the Madras Christian College. Here, he was introduced to the works of Western philosophers, which he would later bridge with Eastern philosophy, thus becoming a beacon of Indian philosophy on the global stage. To Radhakrishnan, education had the power to liberate the mind, helping individuals transcend material confines and achieve spiritual enlightenment. This perspective made him a staunch advocate for integrating values and ethics into the educational curriculum.

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Career: An Educator and More

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Radhakrishnan's career was a blend of academic and public service:

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