Happy Teacher’s Day: A Moment to Express Gratitude towards the Life-shaping Gurus

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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
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Every year we celebrate the National Teacher’s Day on 5th September. This day also marks the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. In fact, he was also one of the great Indian philosopher and India’s 2nd President. On this day, Students perform lots of activities to express their gratitude towards honorable teachers. They perform songs, give flowers to teachers to make this day memorable. Students arrange various activities to mark this day, honouring the commitment of their teachers. They also try to convey their love in the form of greeting cards, speeches and chocolates to their favourite teachers.

As previously mentioned, the day is a teachers’ celebration. But what does it mean to celebrate this day on the birthday of the former President? Dr. Radhakrishnan himself was a teacher par excellence. He was also the Sutram of the Buddhist philosopher Nagarjun in Pali. His motto in the life is ‘Shikshanam Shrenitam, Rida Shesham’ (which means teaching is the noblest activity and the rest is not that important).

Radhakrishnan graduated with a Master of Philosophy degree. Also, in 1917 he wrote the book ‘The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore’. In fat, in this way he placed Indian philosophy on the world map. He taught in Chennai Presidential College and University of Calcutta. He was popular amongst students as a professor at the Madras College. In fact, students saw his brilliant teaching skills at the University of Calcutta.

Abdul Kalam’s views on Teachers

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam said that, if a country is to be free from corruption; to become a nation of beautiful minds. He strongly feels there are the three key members of society can make this difference to be happening. In fact, they are no other than a dad, a mother, and the surrounding teachers.

Before getting involved in politics, Dr. Radhakrishnan spent several years working as a professor at various colleges. He was also a renowned poet. In addition, he also wrote The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore.

History of Teacher’s Day

Once in 1962, when students asked Mr. Radhakrishnan to allow them to celebrate his birthday; In response to them, Sarvepalli asked students to celebrate his birthday as Teacher’s Day. Therefore Teacher’s Day was 1st celebrated in 1962. In fact, from that time onward we celebrate the birthday of Radhakrishnan as a Teacher’s Day.

However, in 1954 Dr. Radhakrishnan also won the greatest Bharat Ratna award. In addition, he received an honorary membership of the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963. In fact, people also nominated him for the Nobel Prize for almost 27 times.

However, this year students may have to meet their teachers in virtual mode only because of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. Yet they still can show their affection and seek their teachers blessings and guidance through this online mode of communication.

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