Monday, September 1, 2008

September 5th is celebrated India-wide as Teacher’s Day

September 5th is celebrated India as Teacher’s Day

Fifth of September is celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India. It is a tribute to one of the celebrated teachers of modern India, former President Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975)

As an academic, philosopher, and statesman, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975) is one of the most recognized and influential Indian thinkers in academic circles in the 20th century. Throughout his life and extensive writing career, Radhakrishnan sought to define, defend, and promulgate his religion, a religion he variously identified as Hinduism, Vedanta, and the religion of the Spirit. He sought to demonstrate that his Hinduism was both philosophically coherent and ethically viable. Radhakrishnan's concern for experience and his extensive knowledge of the Western philosophical and literary traditions has earned him the reputation of being a bridge-builder between India and the West. He often appears to feel at home in the Indian as well as the Western philosophical contexts, and draws from both Western and Indian sources throughout his writing. Because of this, Radhakrishnan has been held up in academic circles as a representative of Hinduism to the West. His lengthy writing career and his many published works have been influential in shaping the West's understanding of Hinduism, India, and the East.

Role of Teachers in Its Varied Perceptions

Today, on the 5th Sept another turn of Teachers' Day has come. The 5th Sept is the birthday of the second President of India, Dr Sarvapali Radhakrishnan, one of the greatest teachers of the world who was born on the soil of India in 1888 in Tamil Nadu. In commemoration of his unexcelled contribution towards education field in the country, his birthday, the 5th September has been named as the National Teachers' Day since his death in 1975 and has been observed with great solemnities by issuing teachers' day badges at nation-wide level. It would be a most appropriate and befitting manner of observation of this 31st turn of Teachers' Day to remain being reminded of the role of teachers in its varied perceptions in the present context of our society.Before getting on to the varied perceptions of the Role of Teachers, let us highlight how far essential the role of teachers in the human society. Man, at birth without guidance, is not more than an animal. This fact is all the more correct in the context of our society. Our human society is more and more complex day after day. If a child is left without any schooling or teaching, can be become a man? The answer is definitely a big No. Even though he may grow up as big as human size, we can presume, he would not be able to do any kind of teaching. It was in 1921, a child of 9 years old was discovered from the cave of jackals. He was a human being by species, but already became entirely animal like, did walking on fours, eating like jackals do, and having no language. Without learning computer, several parents have become outdated and handicapped. Without the involvement of the hand of any teacher, if there is any person living today, he/she would not be able to travel to Kolkata. Hence we can easily get the point that teachers and their role is so important and essential, yet there is a big 'But' which every one of us should rethink that teachers are the second gods and goddesses. 'But' today due close of respect is not given to them. There is a very big question, which I wish one can give an appropriate answer.


When do we celebrate the National Teacher’s Day?
Who is the second President of India and considered as one of the greatest teachers of the world?
What is the vital role of teachers in the society?
Why teacher plays an important role in human culture?
In your own idea, do you think people can survive in their learning process without the help of the teachers? Explain why?

Dr.Radhakrishnan Indian Teacher's Day History

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