Savepalli Radhakrishnan – Bharat Ratna Award Winner
Born on the 5th of September in the year 1888, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, commonly known as Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, was a renowned statesman and philosopher, who went on to become the first vice president of independent India, and also the second president of India. A distinguished scholar in philosophy and comparative religion, he won the Bharat Ratna Award in the year 1954.
An intellectual, he was a recipient of numerous awards and honors throughout his life, starting from his academic career to his political career in India. He pursued Philosophy as his major subject, and attained a Masters degree in it. He went on to write a thesis on Vedanta, at the mere age of 20, which was well received by his research professor: Dr. Alfred George Hogg.
His thoughts and theories about Hindu philosophy, led him to spread his knowledge even in the international platforms, where he would give lectures on the Eastern and Western philosophies.
He had a belief which said that “teachers should be the best minds in the country,” and this thought of his led on to the event of teachers’ day in India, which is celebrated every year on Radhakrishnan’s birthday, i.e. September 5th.
He passed away on 13th May, in the year 1967.