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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Biography and Quotes

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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Biography and Quotes

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan biography and quotes

As the first Vice President and second President of independent India, the name of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan has been written in golden letters in Indian history. He also had a lot of knowledge of philosophy, he started western thinking in Indian philosophy. Radhakrishnan was also a famous teacher, which is why Teacher’s Day is celebrated every year on 5 September in his memory. His name is at the top of the scholars of the twentieth century. He wanted to spread Hindutva in the country, apart from western civilization. Radhakrishnan Ji tried to spread Hinduism in both India and the West, they wanted to merge both civilizations. He believed that the mind of the teachers should be the best in the country because they have the biggest contribution to making the country.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Biography 

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Full NameDr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
ReligionHindu
Birth5 September 1888
birthplaceTirumani Village, Madras
ParentsSitamma, Sarvepalli Viraswamy
MarriageSivakamu (1904)
Children5 daughter, 1 son

Dr. Radhakrishnan was born on 5 September 1888 in a Brahmin family in Tirumani, a small village in Tamil Nadu. His father’s name was Sarvepalli Viraswamy, he was definitely poor but was also a learned Brahmin. His father was responsible for the whole family, due to which Radhakrishnan did not get much comfort since childhood. Radhakrishnan married his distant cousin Sivakamu at the age of 16. From whom he had 5 daughters and 1 son. His son’s name is Sarvepalli Gopal, who was a great historian of India. Radhakrishnan’s wife died in 1956. VVS Laxman, the great player of the Indian cricket team, belongs to his family.

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan G. Education –

Dr. Radhakrishnan’s childhood was spent in Tirumani village. From there he started his education. For further education, his father got enrolled in the Christian missionary institution Lutheran Mission School, Tirupati. Where he lived from 1896 to 1900. In 1900, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan took education from the college of Vellore. After that completed his further education from Madras Christian College, Madras. He was a brilliant student from the very beginning. He did his MA in Philosophy in 1906. Radhakrishnan Ji kept getting scholarships in the field of education throughout his life.

The beginning of the career of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan –

In 1909, Radhakrishnan was made a teacher of philosophy at Madras Presidency College. In 1916, he became an assistant professor of philosophy at the Madras Residency College. 1918 He was elected as Professor of Philosophy by the University of Mysore. After that, he became a teacher of Indian Philosophy at Oxford University in England. Dr. Radhakrishnan gave first importance to education. This was the reason why he was such a knowledgeable scholar. The tendency towards education had given him a strong personality. He was always eager to learn something new. He was made the vice-chancellor of the college from which he did his MA. But Dr. Radhakrishnan left it within a year and became the Vice-Chancellor of Banaras University. During this time he also used to write many books on philosophy.

Dr. Radhakrishnan considered Vivekananda and Veer Savarkar as his ideals. He had kept a deep study car about them. Dr. Radhakrishnan tried to introduce Indian philosophy to the whole world through his articles and speeches. Dr. Radhakrishnan was rich in multidimensional talent as well as a person who loved the culture of the country.

Dr. Radhakrishnan’s Arrival in Politics

When India got independence, Jawaharlal Nehru urged Radhakrishnan to fulfill diplomatic duties with the Soviet Union as a special ambassador. Accepting Nehruji’s point, Dr. Radhakrishnan served as a member of the Constituent Assembly from 1947 to 1949. Everyone in the Parliament greatly appreciated his work and behavior. After his successful academic career, he made his foray into politics.

He was the Vice President of the country from 13 May 1952 to 13 May 1962. He was elected the President of India on 13 May 1962. His tenure was quite challenging as compared to Rajendra Prasad because on one hand, India had wars with China and Pakistan, in which India had to face defeat with China. On the other hand, the death of two Prime Ministers also took place during his tenure. Companions about their work had less respect for them, less controversy with them.

Honors and Awards to Dr. Radhakrishnan

  • Dr. Radhakrishnan was awarded the highest decoration “Bharat Ratna” in 1954 for his outstanding contribution to education and politics.
  • Since 1962, in honor of Radhakrishnan ji, it was announced to celebrate his birthday on 5th September as Teacher’s Day.
  • In 1962, Dr. Radhakrishnan was made a member of the “British Academy”.
  • Pope John Paul presented him with the “Golden Spur”.
  • He received the honor of “Order of Merit” by the Government of England.

Dr. Radhakrishnan wrote many books on Indian philosophy and religion such as “Gautam Buddha: Life and Philosophy”, “Religion and Society”, “India and the World” etc. He often wrote books in English.

On the Republic Day of 1967, Dr. Radhakrishnan, while addressing the country, made it clear that he would not want to be the President for any session now and this was his last speech as President.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Death

Dr. Radhakrishnan died on 17 April 1975 after a prolonged illness. His contribution to the field of education is always remembered. Therefore, by celebrating Teacher’s Day on 5 September, respect is expressed towards Dr. Radhakrishnan. On this day, awards are given to eminent and outstanding teachers of the country for their contribution. Radhakrishnan was posthumously awarded the Templeton Prize by the US government in 1975, which is given for the advancement in the field of religion. He was the first non-Christian person to receive this award.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Quotes

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Quotes

Dr. Radhakrishnan spent 40 years of his life becoming a teacher. Dr. Radhakrishnan will always be remembered in the field of education and as an ideal teacher.

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