Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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The Inspirational Story of "Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan"

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian academic, professor, philosopher, and politician who served as the first Vice President of India and the second President of India. 

Birth: He was born on 5th September, 1888 in Tiruttani . His father’s name was Sarvepalli Veeraswami and his mother’s name was Sarvepalli Sita.

Childhood: He spent his early years in Thiruttani and Tirupati. Both his primary and higher education was done in Tirupati. 

Adult Life: Radhakrishnan was awarded scholarships throughout his academic life. He went to Vellore for higher education. Radhakrishnan studied philosophy. Sarvepalli wrote his bachelor’s degree thesis on “The Ethics of the Vedanta and its Metaphysical Presuppositions”.

The Spirit of Abheda: In The Ethics of Vedanta, Radhakrishnan shows his displeasure at British detractors. After that, Radhakrishnan describes how this philosophy requires humans to see all creations as one, a s non-distinct. He presents “The Spirit of Abheda” is introduced by him at this point.

Commemoration: During his lifetime, Radhakrishnan received several high honours, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, in 1954, and honorary membership in the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963. He was also one of the founders of Helpage India, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping India’s aged and impoverished.

Teacher’s Day: “Teachers should be the brightest minds in the country,” Radhakrishnan believed. Since 1962, his birthday has been celebrated in India as Teachers’ Day on 5 September every year.


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