Wed, 09 Nov 2016
Greetings on Teacher’s Day
New Delhi: Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has extended warm greetings on the occasion of Teachers Day. Recalling the ‘Guru-Shishaya’ tradition of India, she thanked all teachers for choosing a noble profession of nourishing and shaping human life. Smt. Gandhi said, Human Civilization owes its prosperity, growth and development to the selfless
contribution of teachers. Paying glowing tributes to Former President Shri S. Radhakrishnan on his ‘Birth Anniversary’, Smt Gandhi remembered him as a humanitarian scholar and guiding light for teachers all over the world.
Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi said “Happy Teacher’s Day! Today we celebrate the teachers, mentors & guides who dedicate their lives to shaping young minds.” Greetings on Teacher’s Day Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan NDA ’s undoing of his legacy India has a long and rich tradition of great saints, seers, philosophers, teachers and intellectuals. The whole world has benefited immensely from their wisdom, learning, teaching and philosophy down the ages. Dr. Sarvepalli
Radhakrishnan was one such great master philosopher, teacher, statesman, speaker, author and administrator. Born in a middle class family in the pilgrim town of Thiruttani on September 5, 1888, he had to face serious financial hardships. So, he had to depend largely on scholarships for continuation of his studies. His father, it is said, wanted him to become a priest. However, the talents of the boy were soon gained recognition and he was sent to school at Thirupati and then Vellore. Later, he joined the Christian College, Madras. Drawn by accident into philosophy, he studied philosophy and obtained B.A and M.A. degrees in the subject. He was very much enthusiastic about Hinduism, Vendanta and Hindu philosophy.
Dr. Radhakrishnan by his confidence, concentration and strong convictions went on to become a great philosopher. His first book, ”The Ethics of the Vedanta and Its Material Presupposition”, being his thesis for the M.A. degree examination of the Madras University, published in 1908, and established his fame as a great philosopher of undoubted ability. His later works also came out as landmarks in their respective fields. What distinguished him from his contemporaries was his ability to express abstract and abstruse philosophical thoughts in intelligible language. To him, philosophy was a way of understanding life and his study of Indian philosophy served as a cultural therapy. By interpreting Indian thought in western terms and showing that it was imbued with reason and logic he was able to give Indians a new sense of esteem and pride. This helped
them overcome inferiority complex inculcated by the colonial rule and imperial forces. Still his philosophy was pragmatic and much grounded in sociocultural realities that didn’t overlook the outmoded features in our long and rich tradition. So, he called for an evolutionary approach and broad outlook.
Dr. Radhakrishnan believed that in India, the philosopher’s duty was to keep in touch with the past while stretching out to the future. This made his philosophical thoughts even more relevant to the task of nationbuilding and socio cultural About Teacher’s Day: The birth date (5 September 1888) of the second President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, is celebrated, where teachers and students report to school as usual but the usual activities and classes are replaced by activities of celebration, thanks and remembrance. In some schools, on this day senior students take the responsibility
of teaching in order to show their appreciation for the teachers.