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Teacher's Day: Need to take a leaf from the life and wisdom of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan as a teacher
In India, Teacher's Day is celebrated on September 5 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888 - 1975) who was a teacher par excellence along with being an outstanding philosopher and statesman.

His birthday is the occasion on which we must draw inspiration from his qualities as human being who had combined the spiritual knowledge with the worldly knowledge as well as being a scholar-teacher and a life-long learner.

He had always believed that teachers must develop themselves to be the best minds in the country. Looking at his qualities as a teacher, when he became the President of India, some of his students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday on 5th September. He had then replied that instead of celebrating his birthday, it would be his proud privilege if the 5th September was observed as Teachers' Day.

The Government of India established Teacher's Day in 1962 to be celebrated each year at the national level to honour teachers and draw inspiration from the works and wisdom of Dr. Radhakrishnan. He was one of the strongest advocates of development creative and intuitive thinking through education.

It would be worthwhile for teachers to draw inspiration and lessons from his book 'An Idealist View of Life' to strive for becoming rational human beings and intuitive and creative thinkers.

However, in his book, Dr Radhakrishnan has made a powerful case for the importance of intuitive thinking since it played specific role in all kinds of experience such as cognitive experience; sense experience; discursive reasoning; intuitive apprehension; psychic experience; aesthetic experience; ethical experience, and religious experience.

But, it is a pity that our teachers are becoming unprofessional and irrational instead of following the path of combining both worldly and spiritual knowledge to become dispellers of ignorance or being the gurus in the truest sense. The day should be used for self-reflection and resolve to follow the path shown by him to become learner-teachers.

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