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Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Remembering Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his 44th Death Anniversary…

Puja Bhardwaj | The CEO Magazine

Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is considered as one of the most recognized and influential Indian thinkers. He was a well-known academic, philosopher, and statesman.  Radhakrishnan was the first Vice President of India; he had severed from 1952 to 1962. In second tenure, he was serving India during 1962-1967. Radhakrishnan was an eloquent spokesperson and used to stand in the support of Indian culture and religion. In 1904, He married Sivakamuamma and had five daughters and a son.

Dr Radhakrishnan got scholarships throughout his academic life. Firstly, he joined Voorhees College in Vellore but then moved to the Madras Christian College. He graduated from there in 1906 with a Master’s degree in Philosophy, is one of its most distinguished alumni.

The career of Dr Radhakrishnan was started in 1918 when he had become a professor at Mysore University. He was appointed as King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science at the University of Calcutta from 1921–1931 and 1937 to 1944. In 1931 he was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra Pradesh University. He also taught eastern religions and ethics at Oxford University in the year 1936. Dr Radhakrishnan was the first Indian to be appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University. In 1938, he was elected as a fellow of the British Academy. In 1947, he represented India at UNESCO.

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Though Radhakrishnan was on the top position of the country, still he was to the ground person. When he positioned as the President of the country, his followers and friends said him to let them to celebrate his birthday, on 5 September. But he said that instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teachers’ Day. His life represents a perfect bridge between East and West.

Awards and honours

  • 1931: Radhakrishnan was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 1931
  • 1938: He was elected Fellow of the British Academy
  • 1954: He was awarded with the Bharat Ratna
  • 1954: Received German “Order pour le Merite for Arts and Science”
  • 1961: Got the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade
  • 1962: The Teacher’s Day celebration was started in India at 5 September
  • 1963: the British Order of Merit
  • 1975: He received the Templeton Prize in 1975

 Famous Quote of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

It is not God that is worshipped but the group or authority that claims to speak in His name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity

Knowledge gives us power, love gives us fullness.

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