Why celebrate Dr Radhakrishnan’s birthday as Teachers’ Day?

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Among all the professions in the world, teaching is undoubtedly the most influential. Due to the responsibility of molding young minds into tomorrow’s responsible citizens, we owe a debt of gratitude towards teachers. Hence almost every nation celebrates “Teachers’ Day” during which teachers are honored & their roles acknowledged. For example, USA celebrates Teachers’ Day in the first week of May, while the UK celebrates it on October 5th.

In India, we celebrate Teachers’ Day on the birth anniversary of Dr. Radhakrishnan (September 5th). But why did we choose his birthday and not that of any other leader? Legend says: “After Dr Radhakrishnan became the President of India, when a group of students wanted to celebrate his birthday as Radhakrishnan Jayanti, he humbly refused and instead suggested them to celebrate it as a day to honor teachers and that is how India has been celebrating Teachers’ Day on his birth anniversary (5th September).”

Although the above folklore would suffice as the reason as to why Dr Radhakrishnan’s birthday is celebrated as Teachers’ Day, it would be a great deal of injustice on the man if we do not read about his qualities & acknowledge this honor which he truly deserves.

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