Plato once said, ‘Philosopher King’. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a philosopher turned statesman. He was a great thinker of India and an ideal teacher. His birthday September 5 is annually celebrated as teacher’s day throughout India. Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888 at Tiruttani in Chittoor district of Tamil Nadu in a middle class family. His father was a pious and religious man. Radhakrishnan studied at Christian college, Chennai. He obtained post graduate degree in philosophy. He wrote
a paper on the moral principles of Vedanta. He was appointed a professor of philosophy in the presidency college. In 1918, he joined Maharaja’s college Mysore and taught philosophy. He was liked by thousands of students. Thereafter he went to Kolkata university and served there as a professor. He was the vice chancellor of Andhra and Benares Hindu Universities. In 1952 He was made the Vice President of India. He was elected as the President of India when Dr. Rajendra Prasad the first President relinquished his office in 1962. Earlier Radhakrishnan was an ambassador to Russia. Stalin, the Russian President admired him for his good qualities. When Radhakrishnan returned home after his term Stalin, the Iron man man wept. Such was the relation between the two. Dr. Radhakrishnan was an eminent author and an orator. He toured many countries and where ever he had gone he told people about the Indian philosophy. In 1955 he was conferred with the title ‘Bharat Ratna’. He passed away in April 1975.