Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan birth anniversary: Top 20 facts and quotes

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Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian academic, philosopher and politician. He served as the second President of India from 1962 to 1967, and the first vice President of India from 1952 to 1962. Apart from that, he was the second ambassador of India to the Soviet Union between 1949 and 1952. On his birthday we are celebrate teachers day every year on September 5. Today we are read about same Interesting Top Facts of Radhakrishnan Life .

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Top Facts of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

  • In 1946, he was elected to the Constituent Assembly 1946 and served as ambassador to UNESCO and later to Moscow, Russia
  • He was named as Spalding Professor of Eastern religions and ethics at the University of Oxford and elected fellow of the All Souls College.
  • Oxford University started the Radhakrishnan Chevening Scholarships and the Radhakrishnan Memorial Award to honour Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
  • Dr. Radhakrishnan was a student of Mysore University but left to join the University of Calcutta.
  • He did his M.A in Philosophy because his cousin had graduated in philosophy and he gave Radhakrishnan free textbooks.
  • Being from a poor family, Radhakrishan studied on scholarship for most of his life.
  • British officers used to come for his instruction in Telugu and Sanskrit. His expression of any language was immaculate, perfect with a resonant cadence.
  • He was also the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University from 1931 to 1936.
  • In 1962, his birth anniversary on September 5 started to be celebrated as “Teacher’s Day”.
  • He was nominated 16 times for the Nobel Prize for his contribution to Literature.
  • He was also nominated 11 times for Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Some of his best books were, Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, An Idealist View of Life, The Hindu View of Life, Kalki or the Future of Civilisation, Gautama the Buddha, Reign of Religion in Contemporary Philosophy, The Religion We Need, India and China, and several others.
  • Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan thought Tagore’s philosophy to be the “genuine manifestation of the Indian spirit” and penned his first book, ‘The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore’.
  • He accepted only Rs 2500 out of Rs 10,000 salary and donated the remaining amount to the Prime Minister’s National Relief fund every month.
  • He also was the first person to be awarded the coveted Sahitya Akademi fellowship.
  • Being from a poor family, Radhakrishan studied on scholarship for most of his life.
  • Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan got married when he was 16 years old. His wife was six years younger than him.


Quotes 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 a violation of integrity.
  • Man is a paradoxical being-the constant glory and scandal of this world
  • A life of joy and happiness is possible only based on knowledge and science
  • Books are how we build bridges between cultures
  • The end-product of education should be a free creative man, who can battle against historical circumstances and adversities of nature
  • Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers’ Day



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