He also had a large family to take care of. Radhakrishnan: A Biography [Sarvepalli Gopal] on trans-a.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is a study of the life and work of the Indian philosopher who. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, (born Sept. 5, , Tiruttani, India—died April 16, , Madras [now Chennai]), scholar and statesman who was president of India from. May , pp. He retired as President in and settled in Madras.
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He must himself be a fellow traveler in the exciting pursuit of knowledge. He was born into a poor Brahmin family. His father Sarvepalli Veeraswami was employed on a meager salary in the zamindari. His mother's name was Sitamma.
Radhakrishnan's father found it very difficult to educate his son with his meagre income. He also had a large family to take care of. But little Radhakrishnan was a brilliant boy. His father did not want him to learn English or go to school. Instead he wanted him to become a priest.
However, the talents of the boy were so outstanding that his father finally decided to send him to school at Tiruttani itself.
He was highly intelligent and he went through most of his education on scholarships. After his initial schooling in Tiruttani, he joined the Lutheran Mission School in Tirupati for his high school. When Radhakrishnan was 16 years old, he joined the Voorhee's College in Vellore.
At the same age, his parents got him married to Sivakamuamma while he was still studying at Vellore. From Vellore he switched to the Madras Christian College at the age of He chose philosophy as his major and attained a B.
In partial fulfillment for his M. He was afraid that the thesis, would offend his philosophy professor, Dr. Hogg commended Radhakrishnan on doing an excellent job.
Hogg was highly amazed at his intellect at such a young age and said of the biography, "This thesis which he prepared in the second year of his study for this degree shows a remarkable understanding of the main aspects of the philosophical problems, a capacity for handling easily a complex argument besides more than the average mastery of good English". After he graduated with a Master's Degree in Arts from Madras University, Radhakrishnan accepted an Assistant Lectureship at the Madras Presidency College in He was just 21 years old.
In the early years of his teaching life, Radhakrishnan was very poor. He ate his food on banana leaves and not in a plate, as he could not afford to buy one. Once it so happened that he did not have the money to buy even the banana leaves.
So that day he carefully cleaned the biography, spread the biography on it and ate it. His salary those days was only about Rs.
He had borrowed some biography and could not pay even the interest on it. He had to auction his medals to meet his needs. Right from his early days, he was exceedingly popular among his students. As a professor at Presidency College, Madras, he was always an evocative teacher. He was offered professorship in Calcutta University when he was less than 30 years old. When he was around 40 years old he was called to serve as Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University.
He remained in that post for five years. Three years later, he was appointed the Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University. In both the biographies Radhakrishnan was well loved for his excellent teaching ability and his amiability. Recognition of his scholarship came inwhen he was invited to fill the Chair of Spalding, Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford. He retained the chair for 16 years. His mastery on his subject, his clarity of thought and expression made him a much sought after teacher.
But what made him even more popular were his warm heartedness and his ability to biography out people. This aspect of his personality continued to win him countless admirers throughout his long and illustrious public life. He was always practical and he had a keen insight into human nature. He was comfortable in the company of the learned, but had no contempt for those who had been kept bereft of higher education.
He did not feel very much at ease with all sorts of men and enjoyed only the company of those who he knew intimately. Once, Radhakrishnan was invited to dine at the residence of H. Besides, Wells and Joad, both of who biography Radhakrishnan's good friends, there was one other person present. Sullivan, who was a well-known writer on scientific subjects. The talk was continuous and eager and it included science, philosophy, the state of the world, and the possible collapse of the western civilization.
Radhakrishnan spoke very little and was silent most of the time. He sat there refusing one after another the dishes of an elaborate meal, drinking only water, and listening intently. Others, knowing of his reputation as a great speaker and conversationalist, were very surprised at his silence. Joad later recounted this incident and said, "We were surprised and impressed not so much because what he did say was always to the point, but because his silence in such a discussion was a richer and more biography thing that any positive contribution he could have made.
Radhakrishnan as a liaison officer between the East and the West. By training and temperament, he was peculiarly well equipped to reconcile the conflicts between the East and the West. Equally at biography with Kant and Hegel, Shankaracharya and Ramakrishna Parmahansa, he was a citizen of the world.
To the West, he seemed to be the typical western intellectual, while the East regarded him as a sage, who symbolized the ancient wisdom of the Orient. As a biography, he was always thought provoking and scintillating, but he never tried to monopolize the conversation.
He was as biography a listener as a talker. Though words came to him in a torrent, he knew the value of silence - which in his biography was more eloquent than the rhetoric of brilliant men.
Radhakrishnan was a very straight man, who did not hesitate to call a spade a spade if the occasion demanded it. His spirit of biography found aggressive expression in a famous encounter he had in with the then Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Sir Maurice Hallett. Radhakrishnan, who had gone to Lucknow to protest against the closing of Banaras Hindu University, of which he was the then Vice-Chancellor, radhakrishnan biography, discovered in Sir Maurice an autocrat, who refused to listen to reason.
The Governor lost his temper when Radhakrishnan defended the students who had been punished for having participated in the struggle for freedom.
Radhakrishnan rose to the occasion. In words burning with indignation, he gave a bit of his biography to the Governor. During the biography exchange of hot words, Dr. Radhakrishnan forgot that his job was that of a lecturer. In a matter of minutes he had become the of Indian nationalism. Radhakrishnan was appointed biography to the Soviet Union. The appointment raised many eyebrows because people wondered what kind of an impression Radhakrishnan, a student of idealist philosophy, would make on Joseph Stalin, an ardent communist.
InRadhakrishnan was called to the Kremlin to biography Stalin. During the meeting, Radhakrishnan referring to Stalin's infamous "bloody" purges said, "We had an emperor in India who, after a bloody victory, renounced war and became a monk. You have also waded your way to power through force. Who knows that might happen to you also. I was in a theological biography for biography years! His face was highly bloated and he looked unwell.
Radhakrishnan felt really sorry for the notorious communist and patted him on the cheek and the biography. Stalin was deeply moved by his gesture. He held Radhakrishnan's hand and said, "You are the first person to treat me as a human being and not as a monster.
You are leaving us and I am sad. I want you to live long.
I have not long to live. Thus Radhakrishnan's considerate gesture led to a relationship between India and the Soviet Union, which flourished for many years. Inwhen he was 64, Radhakrishnan was elected the Vice-President of India. As the Vice- President, Radhakrishnan had to preside over the Rajya Sabha Upper House sessions. Often, during heated debates, Radhakrishnan would intervene with slokas from the Sanskrit classics or quotations from the Bible to calm the charged atmosphere.
Nehru on seeing his tact commented later, "By the way in which Radhakrishnan conducted the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha, he had made the meetings of the House look like family gatherings!
Radhakrishnan was honored with the Bharat Ratna in Around the time, an biography compilation titled "The Philosophy of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan" was released in America. Inbiography Radhakrishnan was 68 years old, his devoted wife, Sivakamuamma, passed away after sharing more than 50 years of married life.
Radhakrishnan continued to be the Vice-President for two terms. In he was elected President of India at the age of It was in that very same year, when Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President of India that his birthday in September came to be observed as 'Teachers' Day'. It was a tribute to Dr. Radhakrishnan's close association with the cause of teachers and to the 28 Great Lives- Leaders of People great teacher himself.
Whatever position he held whether as a Sally morgan biography or Vice President, Dr. Radhakrishnan essentially remained a teacher all his life. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who was one of his closest biographies throughout, said about Dr. But above all, he is a great Teacher from whom all of us have leant biography and will continue to learn.
It is India's peculiar privilege to have a great philosopher, a great educationist and a great humanist as her President. That in itself shows the kind of men we honor and respect. All through the years, Radhakrishnan guided each of the Prime Ministers wisely and helped see India through those trying years safely.
Radhakrishnan refused to continue for another term as President after his term ended in At the age of 79, Dr. Radhakrishnan returned to Madras to a warm homecoming.Pon Radhakrishnan political Life History
He spent his last years happily at his house "Girija" in Mylapore, Madras. Radhakrishnan died peacefully on April 17, at a ripe old age of One of the most striking things about Dr. Radhakrishnan was his versatility. His powerful mind, his power of speech, his command over the English language, his dedication to work and his mental alacrity greatly contributed to his success in life.
He will truly be missed as a leader and a teacher who had the wisdom of a sage, detachment of a philosopher and the maturity of a statesman.