Except Sadar Hills, no other district needed Rishang

Former Chief Minister and Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing has categorically stated that there is no need for creation of new districts in Manipur except Sadar Hills Source The Sangai Express

Former Chief Minister and Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing has categorically stated that there is no need for creation of new districts in Manipur except Sadar Hills Source The Sangai Express

Manipur Tourism awarded ‘Most Promising New Destination Award’

Manipur Tourism has been awarded the ‘Most Promising New Destination Award’ at the concluding day of three day 91st Travel and Tourism Fair at Nehru centre, Mumbai on Sunday Source Hueiyen News Service

Manipur Tourism has been awarded the ‘Most Promising New Destination Award’ at the concluding day of three day 91st Travel and Tourism Fair at Nehru centre, Mumbai on Sunday Source Hueiyen News Service

Free passage for life saving drugs urged

Health Minister L Jayantakumar has called upon all concerned to exempt transportation of medicines and other life saving drugs from the purview of any agitation Source The Sangai Express

Health Minister L Jayantakumar has called upon all concerned to exempt transportation of medicines and other life saving drugs from the purview of any agitation Source The Sangai Express

Cultural training cum workshop

The North Imphal Cultural Organisation NICO in its continuing effort to propagate cultural from grassroots is organizing a forty days cultural training cum workshop from today LC School, Koirengei Source Hueiyen News Service

The North Imphal Cultural Organisation NICO in its continuing effort to propagate cultural from grassroots is organizing a forty days cultural training cum workshop from today LC School, Koirengei Source Hueiyen News Service

Meet fails to take decision on Jiribam district demand

An executive body meeting of the Jiribam District Demand Committee was held today in the office of JIMPAL but the meeting could not take any decision on what sorts of agitation should be launched in pursuit of their demand to grant district status to …

An executive body meeting of the Jiribam District Demand Committee was held today in the office of JIMPAL but the meeting could not take any decision on what sorts of agitation should be launched in pursuit of their demand to grant district status to Jiribam Source The Sangai Express

Pahari Songs Book

Imphal, September 04: A collection of book on late Nongmaithem Pahari ‘s songs entitled “ Nungshiba esheigi Kaongamdraba Sur”published by Nongmaithem Pahari Memorial Trust was released today at…

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Imphal, September 04: A collection of book on late Nongmaithem Pahari ‘s songs entitled “ Nungshiba esheigi Kaongamdraba Sur”published by Nongmaithem Pahari Memorial Trust was released today at…

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Irom speaks up on romance – Calcutta Telegraph

Irom speaks up on romanceCalcutta Telegraph4: Irom Chanu Sharmila, the world's longest hunger-striker and a living legend in Manipur, has told The Telegraph she has fallen in love but her supporters are against her marrying the man. “The man I lo…

Irom speaks up on romance
Calcutta Telegraph
4: Irom Chanu Sharmila, the world's longest hunger-striker and a living legend in Manipur, has told The Telegraph she has fallen in love but her supporters are against her marrying the man. “The man I love is waiting for me impatiently.
Nation-wide campaign to support IromHindustan Times
Civil society plans nationwide campaign for Irom Sharmila's fastTwoCircles.net
Meeting Notes: Anna Hazare and Sharmila IromKanglaOnline
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Irom speaks up on romance – Calcutta Telegraph

Irom speaks up on romanceCalcutta Telegraph4: Irom Chanu Sharmila, the world's longest hunger-striker and a living legend in Manipur, has told The Telegraph she has fallen in love but her supporters are against her marrying the man. “The man I lo…

Irom speaks up on romance
Calcutta Telegraph
4: Irom Chanu Sharmila, the world's longest hunger-striker and a living legend in Manipur, has told The Telegraph she has fallen in love but her supporters are against her marrying the man. “The man I love is waiting for me impatiently.
Nation-wide campaign to support IromHindustan Times
Civil society plans nationwide campaign for Irom Sharmila's fastTwoCircles.net
Nationwide campaign planned for IromThe Hindu
KanglaOnline
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Manipur State League 2011: NISA Rout USA 3-0

IMPHAL, Sep 4: Former champion NISA, Thangmeiband maintained its winning streak in the 6th Manipur State League football tournament with a 3-0 rout of USA, Khurai in its fourth match of the…

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IMPHAL, Sep 4: Former champion NISA, Thangmeiband maintained its winning streak in the 6th Manipur State League football tournament with a 3-0 rout of USA, Khurai in its fourth match of the…

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Children’s Theatre Workshop At Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy

IMPHAL, Sep 4: The one-month children’s theatre workshop organised by Manipuri Ensemble has concluded at Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy auditorium today. Art and Culture Director Dr K Sobita…

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IMPHAL, Sep 4: The one-month children’s theatre workshop organised by Manipuri Ensemble has concluded at Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy auditorium today. Art and Culture Director Dr K Sobita…

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Manipur Primary Teachers Recruitment Exam Result Out

IMPHAL, Sep 4 : Results of the controversial Primary Teachers recruitment exam have been finally declared today. The results were declared today by Principal Secretary (School Education) Dr Suresh J…

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IMPHAL, Sep 4 : Results of the controversial Primary Teachers recruitment exam have been finally declared today. The results were declared today by Principal Secretary (School Education) Dr Suresh J…

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Girish Pradhan of Sikkim wins Yamaha Asian Beats 2011

GANGTOK, Sept 4 – Frontman of metal band ‘Girish n the Chronicles’, Girish Pradhan has won the ‘Yamaha Asian Beats, 2011’ Rock music competition. The win has earned Girish the title of the ‘best…

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GANGTOK, Sept 4 – Frontman of metal band ‘Girish n the Chronicles’, Girish Pradhan has won the ‘Yamaha Asian Beats, 2011’ Rock music competition. The win has earned Girish the title of the ‘best…

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Hindustan Paper Corporation Seeks Bamboo from Manipur and Tripura

NEW DELHI, Sept 4 – The Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPC) has moved the State Governments of Tripura and Manipur for sustainable supply of rawmaterial for its Cachar Paper Mill and has made…

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NEW DELHI, Sept 4 – The Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPC) has moved the State Governments of Tripura and Manipur for sustainable supply of rawmaterial for its Cachar Paper Mill and has made…

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Thang-Ta Camp From September 10

IMPHAL, Sep 4: Ahead of the trial selection of sub-junior, junior and senior (boys & girls) thang-ta players in connection with the forthcoming 18th national Thang-Ta Competition to be held at…

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IMPHAL, Sep 4: Ahead of the trial selection of sub-junior, junior and senior (boys & girls) thang-ta players in connection with the forthcoming 18th national Thang-Ta Competition to be held at…

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Except Sadar Hills, No Other District Needed : Rishang Keishing

IMPHAL, Sep 4 : Former Chief Minister and Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing has categorically stated that there is no need for creation of new districts in Manipur except Sadar Hills. As for inclusion…

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IMPHAL, Sep 4 : Former Chief Minister and Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing has categorically stated that there is no need for creation of new districts in Manipur except Sadar Hills. As for inclusion…

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Manipur Tourism Gets The Most Promising New Destination Award

IMPHAL, Sep 4 :Manipur Tourism was today awarded the ‘Most Promising New Destination Award’ on the concluding day of 91st Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) held at Nehru Centre, Mumbai since September 2….

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IMPHAL, Sep 4 :Manipur Tourism was today awarded the ‘Most Promising New Destination Award’ on the concluding day of 91st Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) held at Nehru Centre, Mumbai since September 2….

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On Teachers’ Day

By: Seram Neken The most probable government job for an average unemployed graduate in Manipur at present is either to become a government school teacher or to become a rifleman… Read more »

Whenever I encounter the word ‘Oxymoron’, I remember my beloved teacher, the late educationist Ningombam Ibobi Singh who was teaching political science during my college days in D.M College nearly two decades back. He introduced me the term ‘Oxymoron’, which refers to a compound word formed by two opposite words such as ‘carefully-careless’. With the coming of teachers’ day, I recall this great personality who once said ‘ if the past and the present are in agreement, future will be bright and if the past is contradictory to the present, future will be dim’.  Really speaking, if the present generation neglects and disobeys the elders, we can hardly produce good citizens in future, meaning our children won’t pay heed to our words. As long as we respect our elders, our children will obey us and their future will be bright. Oja Ibobi is not in our midst now, but his teachings are increasingly becoming relevant day by day. This article is my homage to the late teacher on teachers’ day.

By: Seram Neken

The most probable government job for an average unemployed graduate in Manipur at present is either to become a government school teacher or to become a rifleman in home department. A few better-off students opt to serve as private school teachers when they can’t buy positions in the government sector. Many other remain working in private banks as collectors or otherwise. Young graduates’ quest to become teachers or serve in security forces is due to dearth of other employment avenues for the thousands of degree-holder youths and lack of education quality in the state. Earlier, most of the average graduates had yearned to become a clerk in government departments, but nowadays such jobs are scarcely vacant. Most educated graduates even sold out their assets only to buy positions as teacher or policeman. If average people come to teaching profession for earning their livelihood, quality of knowledge imparted to students is sure to be diminished. Teaching profession should be made a different one, if we desire to mould a bright future generation.

India celebrates Teachers’ Day on 5th September every year, coinciding the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan since 1962. A philosopher and a teacher par excellence, his unique contributions towards Indian education system have been remembered for all times. He believed “teachers should be the best minds in the country”. One day, some of his students and friends requested Dr. Radhakrishnan to allow them to celebrate his birthday. He replied “instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if 5th September is observed as Teachers’ day”. From then onwards, Dr. Radhakrishnan’s birthday is observed as Teacher’s Day all across India.

Born on 5th September, 1888 at Tirutani, Madras in a poor Brahmin family, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan rose to the positions of the first Vice President and the second President of independent India. As his family was poor, Radhakrishnan supported most of his education through scholarships. He had his early education at Gowdie School, Tiruvallur and then went to the Lutheran Mission School in Tirupati for his high school. He joined the Voorhee’s College in Vellore and later switched to the Madras Christian College. He did his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy.

After completing his M.A., Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan accepted an Assistant Lectureship at the Madras Presidency College in 1909. In college, he mastered the classics of Hindu philosophy, namely the Upanishads, Bhagvad Gita, Brahmasutra, and commentaries of Sankara, Ramunuja and Madhava. He also acquainted himself with Buddhist and Jain philosophy and philosophies of Western thinkers such as Plato, Plotinus, Kant, Bradley and Bergson. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was selected as Professors of Philosophy at Mysore University in 1918 and at Calcutta University in 1921. In 1923, he published “Indian Philosophy”, which is hailed as a philosophical classic and a literary masterpiece. When Oxford University invited Radhakrishnan to deliver lectures on Hindu philosophy, he used his lectures as a platform to further India’s cause of freedom. He also argued that Western philosophers, despite all claims to objectivity, were biased by theological influences from their wider culture. He showed that Indian philosophy, once translated into standard academic jargon, is worthy of being called philosophy by Western standards. He thus placed Indian Philosophy on the world map.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was elected Vice Chancellor of the Andhra University in 1931 and he became the Vice Chancellor of the Banaras Hindu University in 1939. In 1946, he was appointed as Ambassador to UNESCO. In 1948, Dr. Radhakrishnan chaired the University Education Commission, the suggestions of which helped mould the education system for independent India’s needs.

In 1949, he was sent as an ambassador to Soviet Union where he helped laid the foundation for a strong relationship between India and Soviet Union. Radhakrishnan was elected first Vice-President of India in 1952. He was honored with the Bharat Ratna in 1954. After serving two terms as Vice-President, he became the second President of India in 1962. During his tenure as President, India fought wars with China and Pakistan. He retired as President in 1967 and died on April 17, 1975.

The importance of Teachers’ Day celebration may simply be assessed from the view that teachers act as foundation for creating responsible citizens of a state and good human beings in the society. Life without teachers is unimaginable. Words fail to appreciate teachers enough for their immense contribution in lives of many. Teachers’ Day is celebrated to show our acknowledgement and recognition of the hard work put in by them towards development of mankind. Schools all over India celebrate the Day with students presenting gifts to their most admired teachers. It is an equally special day for teachers, as they get to know how much they are liked and appreciated by their pupils. Teachers are more than just an employee; they are the beacons of light for the next generation. Apart from knowledge, teaching profession requires a lot of hard work, dedication, sincerity and a guiding attitude, without which a teacher is not a teacher at all.

The writer is a freelance columnist

On Teachers’ Day

By: Seram Neken The most probable government job for an average unemployed graduate in Manipur at present is either to become a government school teacher or to become a rifleman… Read more »

Whenever I encounter the word ‘Oxymoron’, I remember my beloved teacher, the late educationist Ningombam Ibobi Singh who was teaching political science during my college days in D.M College nearly two decades back. He introduced me the term ‘Oxymoron’, which refers to a compound word formed by two opposite words such as ‘carefully-careless’. With the coming of teachers’ day, I recall this great personality who once said ‘ if the past and the present are in agreement, future will be bright and if the past is contradictory to the present, future will be dim’.  Really speaking, if the present generation neglects and disobeys the elders, we can hardly produce good citizens in future, meaning our children won’t pay heed to our words. As long as we respect our elders, our children will obey us and their future will be bright. Oja Ibobi is not in our midst now, but his teachings are increasingly becoming relevant day by day. This article is my homage to the late teacher on teachers’ day.

By: Seram Neken

The most probable government job for an average unemployed graduate in Manipur at present is either to become a government school teacher or to become a rifleman in home department. A few better-off students opt to serve as private school teachers when they can’t buy positions in the government sector. Many other remain working in private banks as collectors or otherwise. Young graduates’ quest to become teachers or serve in security forces is due to dearth of other employment avenues for the thousands of degree-holder youths and lack of education quality in the state. Earlier, most of the average graduates had yearned to become a clerk in government departments, but nowadays such jobs are scarcely vacant. Most educated graduates even sold out their assets only to buy positions as teacher or policeman. If average people come to teaching profession for earning their livelihood, quality of knowledge imparted to students is sure to be diminished. Teaching profession should be made a different one, if we desire to mould a bright future generation.

India celebrates Teachers’ Day on 5th September every year, coinciding the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan since 1962. A philosopher and a teacher par excellence, his unique contributions towards Indian education system have been remembered for all times. He believed “teachers should be the best minds in the country”. One day, some of his students and friends requested Dr. Radhakrishnan to allow them to celebrate his birthday. He replied “instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if 5th September is observed as Teachers’ day”. From then onwards, Dr. Radhakrishnan’s birthday is observed as Teacher’s Day all across India.

Born on 5th September, 1888 at Tirutani, Madras in a poor Brahmin family, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan rose to the positions of the first Vice President and the second President of independent India. As his family was poor, Radhakrishnan supported most of his education through scholarships. He had his early education at Gowdie School, Tiruvallur and then went to the Lutheran Mission School in Tirupati for his high school. He joined the Voorhee’s College in Vellore and later switched to the Madras Christian College. He did his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy.

After completing his M.A., Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan accepted an Assistant Lectureship at the Madras Presidency College in 1909. In college, he mastered the classics of Hindu philosophy, namely the Upanishads, Bhagvad Gita, Brahmasutra, and commentaries of Sankara, Ramunuja and Madhava. He also acquainted himself with Buddhist and Jain philosophy and philosophies of Western thinkers such as Plato, Plotinus, Kant, Bradley and Bergson. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was selected as Professors of Philosophy at Mysore University in 1918 and at Calcutta University in 1921. In 1923, he published “Indian Philosophy”, which is hailed as a philosophical classic and a literary masterpiece. When Oxford University invited Radhakrishnan to deliver lectures on Hindu philosophy, he used his lectures as a platform to further India’s cause of freedom. He also argued that Western philosophers, despite all claims to objectivity, were biased by theological influences from their wider culture. He showed that Indian philosophy, once translated into standard academic jargon, is worthy of being called philosophy by Western standards. He thus placed Indian Philosophy on the world map.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was elected Vice Chancellor of the Andhra University in 1931 and he became the Vice Chancellor of the Banaras Hindu University in 1939. In 1946, he was appointed as Ambassador to UNESCO. In 1948, Dr. Radhakrishnan chaired the University Education Commission, the suggestions of which helped mould the education system for independent India’s needs.

In 1949, he was sent as an ambassador to Soviet Union where he helped laid the foundation for a strong relationship between India and Soviet Union. Radhakrishnan was elected first Vice-President of India in 1952. He was honored with the Bharat Ratna in 1954. After serving two terms as Vice-President, he became the second President of India in 1962. During his tenure as President, India fought wars with China and Pakistan. He retired as President in 1967 and died on April 17, 1975.

The importance of Teachers’ Day celebration may simply be assessed from the view that teachers act as foundation for creating responsible citizens of a state and good human beings in the society. Life without teachers is unimaginable. Words fail to appreciate teachers enough for their immense contribution in lives of many. Teachers’ Day is celebrated to show our acknowledgement and recognition of the hard work put in by them towards development of mankind. Schools all over India celebrate the Day with students presenting gifts to their most admired teachers. It is an equally special day for teachers, as they get to know how much they are liked and appreciated by their pupils. Teachers are more than just an employee; they are the beacons of light for the next generation. Apart from knowledge, teaching profession requires a lot of hard work, dedication, sincerity and a guiding attitude, without which a teacher is not a teacher at all.

The writer is a freelance columnist

Abdicated Duty

If tomorrow the agitators demanding the SADAR hills be upgraded to a full-fledged district want to end their strike after a discussion with the chief minister of the state, Okram… Read more »

Is Ibobi guilty of similar unconcern for the ordinary people? His foreign tour coming while the state is reeling under a prolonged blockade, to which no end is in sight yet, is truly confounding. The chief minister better have a satisfactory explanation when he returns.

If tomorrow the agitators demanding the SADAR hills be upgraded to a full-fledged district want to end their strike after a discussion with the chief minister of the state, Okram Ibobi, it will not happen as the latter is, as reported in the press, on a foreign tour. The agitators will have to wait till the leader is back in station. The message this untimely travel is sending out to the public has been commented upon by so many columnists already and little is left to be said of the parallel this travel has with the Roman Emperor Nero, one of the most written about tyrants of history, playing fiddle while a devastating fire engulfed his city state of Rome. In equal measure one is tempted to quote another famous episode from history, that of Queen Marie Antoinette of France in the heady days before the French Revolution, in which queen is famously believed to have remarked, “Let them eat cake”, when she was told the French people do not have bread to eat.

But then, the disturbing question remains what if he chooses not to explain? There is nobody who can do anything about it, not the least his ministerial colleagues or his party bosses. In his nearly 10 years unbroken rule, the chief minister has ensure there is nobody who can challenge or influence him in any way. The notion of collective leadership is a long dead memory and the impression before everyone in the state is that only he makes the key government decisions and his colleagues are merely eager rubber stamps to approve whatever he suggests or intends to implement as government policy. But the blame is not to be on the ministerial team alone. Equally, the finger must be pointed at the people by and large, after all the leaders are where they are because the people chose them. In not exercising their right to franchise in the way that it is meant to, they have all surrendered a vital handle to democracy’s power. Because of this lack of discretion, today what our leaders do or fail to do, have ceased to be a factor in elections. Elections are instead decided by the depth of the pockets of the candidates. Since votes can be bought and sold for a price, no elected leader, not the least the chief minister, feel the need to acknowledge they are accountable to the people. So in all likelihood if the chief minister, after his return from his foreign jaunt, decides not to go through the ritual of an explanation, it is unlikely to make a dent on his prospects politically. This ought to be a matter of shame for the people, but this money worshiping state has lost this damning and yet refining quality called shame long ago. On the altar of easy money, they have surrendered every civilisational value handed down from generations and are ever ready to compromise anything for quick lucre.

To be fair, the chief minster did declare that his government would take any decision on the question of creation of any new district until the high-powered committee he had appointed headed by the chief secretary, D.S. Poonia, completed its study of their feasibility of the proposed new districts from the point of view of administrative convenience alone. The deadline for the term given to the committee being still a long way off, he probably is thinking that it would make no difference whether he is physically in the state or elsewhere. In a way, this is a way of strengthening the hands and importance of the ongoing probe by the committee. There is also perhaps a second message intended. He is telling the agitators that they cannot have their way even if they continue with their protest till kingdom comes: that the only determinant of the outcome in the end would be the government’s will forged by an objective study of the situation. But the point also is, the chief minister’s responsibility is not just to negotiate with the agitators, who it is now clear, are obdurate and would not climb down from their position, but also to ensure the highways which serve as the state’s lifeline are opened, if necessary even by the use of legitimate force the state is empowered with, so that goods traffic can resume. So if poor wage earners and their children have to miss a meal a day because of the blockade induced price rise, they too would have to wait till the chief minister returns. Since the chief minister also holds all the major portfolios of the state cabinet, including home and finance, his absence would be missed much more than normally would have been the case.

Teacher`s Day

By Heisnam Jogen Singh Teachers have an influencing role in the life of every student. They are like beacons of light, guiding us in the formative years of our life…. Read more »

A good teacher must know how to arouse the interest of the pupil in the field of study for which he is responsible. He must himself be a master in the field of study and be in touch with the latest developments in the subject, he must himself be a fellow traveler in the exciting pursuit of knowledge…  – Dr. S. Radhakrishan

By Heisnam Jogen Singh

Teachers have an influencing role in the life of every student. They are like beacons of light, guiding us in the formative years of our life. Teachers mould us and in the process and shape our future. What we learn from our teachers remains with us, throughout our life. However, very often, we fail to show our appreciation and gratitude for their altruistic devotion. Teachers do need encouragement and support from the community to feel that their efforts are being recognized.

Teacher’s Day is celebrated throughout the world, year by year. By celebrating National Teacher’s Day, we thank our teachers for providing us their invaluable guidance. In India, Teacher’s Day (also called Teachers’ Appreciation Day or National Teacher’s Day) is celebrated on 5th of September, every year. The date was selected, because it is the birthday of a timeless teacher and the former President of India – Dr. Sarvepalli

On this day, we gratefully remember the great educationist Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, whose dream was that “Teachers should be the best minds in the country”. Hence, Teachers’ Day is very important for all our people, for our students and even for all the parents, as the teachers lay the foundation for creating enlightened citizens for the nation.

While the world celebrates international Teacher’s Day on the 15th of October, India celebrates it on the 5th of September, which is also the birthday of the famous teacher, academic philosopher and the second President of India, Mr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishan.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born in the year 1888 in a well-known religious state in Chennai, then called Madras. He was the second son of Veera Samayya, a tehsildar in a zamindari. It was a middle-class, respectable Hindu Brahmin family.  He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Arts from Madras University. In partial fulfillment for his M.A. degree, Radhakrishnan wrote a thesis on the ethics of the Vedanta titled “The Ethics of the Vedanta and Its Metaphysical Presuppositions”, which was a reply to the charge that the Vedanta system had no room for ethics.

The Origin of Teacher’s Day:
Since 1962, 5th of September has been celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakhrishnan was a philosopher and a teacher par excellence. Some of his students and friends approached him and requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday. In reply, Dr, Radhakrishnan said, “Instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teacher’s day”. The request showed Dr.Radhakrishnan’s love for the teaching profession. From then onwards, his birthday is observed as Teacher’s Day in India.

What did he Do? He showed how western philosophers, despite all claims to objectivity, were biased by theological influences from their wider culture. In one of his major works he also showed that Indian philosophy, once translated into standard academic jargon, is worthy of being called philosophy by western standards. His main contribution to Indian thought, therefore, is that he placed it “on the map”, thereby earning Indian philosophy a respect that it had not had before. Dr. Radhakrishnan was of the opinion that only the right kind of education could solve many ills of the society and the country. He wanted to bring in a change in the educational system by improving the quality of education and building up a strong relationship between the teacher and the taught. In his opinion, teachers should be the best minds of the country; they should not merely instruct but should gain the true affection of pupils, and the respect for teachers cannot be ordered but it should be earned.

After 1946, his philosophical career was cut short when his country needed him as ambassador to UNESCO and later to Moscow. He was later to become the first Vice-President and finally the President (1962-1967) of India. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1954. The University of Oxford instituted the Radhakrishnan Chevening Scholarships and the Radhakrishnan Memorial Award in his memory. He also received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 1961.

Even as the president Sarvepalli remained a humble man. It was an open house at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and people from all sections of society were welcome to meet him. In addition he accepted only Rs. 2,500 out of his salary of Rs. 10,000 and donated the remaining amount to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund every month. He remained a teacher in many ways and even adopted the authoritative tone of a headmaster in many of his letters to his ministers. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan passed away on April 17, 1975.