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Who doesn’t recall those bittersweet memories of childhood? That righteous friendship, strict teachers, good teachers, neighbors, etc. – they have all been efficient in shaping our mindset, besides our parents of course. But one of the biggest impact or lessons in one’s life is mostly via a teacher. They have the potential to inspire, encourage children, an ability which is rare.

Today on Teachers’ Day let’s recall their contribution and thank them for their unique caliber and wish them a healthy life ahead. However, it is important to understand first, why we celebrate it in India on 5th September every year.

Teachers’ Day is observed annually on 5th September as a tribute to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, as he was born on 5th September, 1888. He was India’s 1st Vice President and 2nd President. Teachers’ Day was first celebrated in the year 1962, the year he became the 2nd President of India. Dr Radhakrishnan strongly believed that the teachers should be the best minds in the country.

Though Teachers’ Day is not a holiday, normal classes are usually replaced by activities of celebration in school, where senior students don the hat of teachers and monitor the juniors for the day. The day is dedicated to all those selfless teachers, who saw the potential and encouraged everyone in the classroom to do better in school and life alike, says Sanjay Dalmia, the chairman of Dalmia Group and a renowned nationalist.


Remembering an exemplary teacher, great philosopher and former President of India Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary. Happy Teachers Day 2019 to all respected teachers”, tweeted famous sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik.

Dr. S Radhakrishnan was India’s most distinguished scholar of 20th C.E. His book, “The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore” attracted global attention to Indian philosophy. He believed in Advaita Vedanta, which played a crucial role in the formation of contemporary Hindu identity. For his efforts, he was also accorded with the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, in 1954.

Since ancient times, India has given huge respect to Gurus, Sages, for they possessed immense knowledge. It was considered that their blessings and knowledge transfer could play a huge potential in making a person better. Thus, celebrating Teachers’ Day on the birth anniversary of Dr. Radhakrishnan is equivalent of paying respects to all your modern teachers and gurus, says Sanjay Dalmia.

A Teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart!