Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian philosopher, academic, and statesman. He served as the first Vice President of India and the second President. His birthday has been celebrated in India as Teachers’ Day on 5 September every year. He died at the age of 89 in Chennai, India, on September 5, 1986.
About Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan in brief
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian philosopher, academic, and statesman. He served as the first Vice President of India and the second President. He was one of India’s most distinguished twentieth-century scholars of comparative religion and philosophy. His philosophy was grounded in Advaita Vedanta, reinterpreting this tradition for a contemporary understanding. He defended Hinduism against what he called ‘uninformed Western criticism’ His birthday has been celebrated in India as Teachers’ Day on 5 September every year. He is the only President who could not attend the Delhi Republic Day parade due to his ill health. He also founded Helpage India, a non-profit organisation for elderly underprivileged in India. He received a knighthood in 1931, the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, in 1954, and honorary membership of the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963. He died at the age of 89 in Chennai, India, on September 5, 1986. He had a son, Sarvepali, and a daughter, Ravi, who were both born in Madras, India. The couple had two sons, Sarvali and Ravi who were born in Hyderabad, Hyderabad. They both died in 2010. Radhak Krishnan is buried at the Rajpath Cemetery in Chennai. He has also written a book on Hinduism, titled, ‘Hinduism and the World’, which is published by the University of Hyderabad and is available on Kindle and other e-readers.
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