Online search engine Google, on Wednesday, September 5, came up with an interesting animated Doodle to celebrate Teachers' Day. The doodle which shows a spinning globe wearing spectacles represented revered teacher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and icons of various subjects including physics, chemistry, music, maths, astronomy, were seen popping up from the sides. India celebrates Teacher's day on September 5, every year since 1962 to mark the birth anniversary of India's second President and revered teacher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. On this day, students across the country acknowledge the contributions of their teachers and extend wishes. Several educational institutions across the country celebrate the day.
Dr. Radhakrishnan was a teacher at Chennai's Presidency College and Calcutta University. In his professional career, he was highly celebrated as a teacher and was considered as one of India's most distinguished twentieth-century scholars of comparative religion and philosophy. He was the Vice President of India from 1952 to 1962 before he took up the position of the President of India in 1962, and remained in the position till 1967. He has been awarded several prestigious titles during his life, including a knighthood in 1931 and the Bharat Ratna in 1954. He was also a member of the British Royal Order of Merit.
Radhakrishnan who was born in 1888, held the positions of academic appointments included professor of Philosophy at the University of Mysore (1918-1921), the King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science at the University of Calcutta (1921–1932) and Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics at the University of Oxford (1936–1952).
His philosophy was based in the Hindu holy text 'Advaita Vedanta'. The educationist was known for his reinterpretation of the traditional texts, which he did in order to make it more relatable to the contemporary outlook. In fact, he has advocated a certain community on several global platforms and stood against "uninformed Western criticism". He has a huge contribution in shaping the modern understanding of a certain community, both in India and abroad. He has also been identified as one of the lead communicators between India and the world.
Radhakrishnan was also involved in several philanthropic activities. He was also one of the co-founders of the non-profit organization 'Helpage India', that worked for the betterment of the underprivileged elderly people. Radhakrishnan was a believer of the ideology that teachers have a huge contribution in shaping the minds of 'New India'. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan passed away on May 13, 1967.