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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
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2nd President of India
In office
14 May 1962 – 13 May 1967
Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru
Gulzarilal Nanda (Acting)
Lal Bahadur Shastri
Gulzarilal Nanda (Acting)
Indira Gandhi
Vice President Zakir Hussain
Preceded by Rajendra Prasad
Succeeded by Zakir Hussain
1st Vice President of India
In office
13 May 1952 – 12 May 1962
President Rajendra Prasad
Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru
Succeeded by Zakir Hussain
Personal details
Born (1888-09-05)5 September 1888
Thiruttani, Madras Presidency, India
Died 17 April 1975(1975-04-17) (aged 86)
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Sivakamu (Died 1956)
Children 5 (daughters) 1 (Son) Sarvepalli Gopal
Parents Father : Veerasamy
Mother : Seethammadevi
Alma mater University of Madras (B.A., M.A.)
Awards Bharat Ratna (1954)
Templeton Prize (1975)

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888 — 1975) was an Indian philosopher. He was famous for his work on comparative religion, comparative Eastern and Western philosophy, and was also a teacher in India and at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He was also a statesman and served as the President of India. He was a great teacher and due to his commendable inputs in India's educational front every year on his birthday, i.e 5th september, we all celebrate Teachers day to pay tribute to our teachers who are like a guiding light in our lives.


He was the bridge-builder between East and the West due to his great knowledge. He had the ability to simplify complex ideas. Dr. Radhakrishnan was critical of the way teaching of Western Philosophers. The basis of criticism was that theology dominated the western thinkers preventing freedom of expression . He wrote books on Indian philosophy according to Western academic standards, and made all efforts for the West to give serious consideration to Indian philosophy. In his book, Idealist View of Life, he compares different ways of thought process and favours the simplistic rational way. He is well known for his analysis of Human Way of life by listening from elders (Upanishads), use of common sense (Bramha Sutra) and practical way of living (Bhagvad Gita).He is the main reason for teachers day.

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