Hello everyone present over here. Today I am going to speak about Teachers Day and its importance and why do we celebrate it.
The importance of a teacher and guide in our lives is evident from the words of Alexander the Great when he said that he is grateful for his father for his life but he is more grateful to his teacher for teaching him how to live.
Our great country has seen several great personalities and teachers and philosophers who had given us the guidelines to leave a free and fair life committed to helping others and attaining salvation. One of them is the great philosopher, teacher, educationist and philanthropist, Doctor Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who’s contributions to the field of education and teaching is unparalleled.
Because of his contributions, every year, his birthday is celebrated as the Teachers Day which is a day dedicated to the teachers. Students on this day celebrate and acknowledge the duties that a teacher performs towards the development of the lives of their students.
Dr. Radhakrishnan always held the opinion that with proper education and reach, many clients of the society can be minimized and even ended. It is an owner for us to be able to celebrate the birth anniversary of such a great personality as teacher’s day each year.
After the election of Dr. Radhakrishnan to the post of the president of India, his beloved students decided to pay respect to him by wanting to celebrate his birthday.
He said instead of celebrating the birthday to mark the day as teacher’s day all over India and celebrate the contributions of every teacher towards students. Since when 5th September was declared as national Teachers Day. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a pool of knowledge.
One of the instances of his Presence of Mind can be comprehended from the following incident. Once in a gathering of British and Indian people, a British officer stood up and started making fun of the Indians and also said that god has created the British people with lot of care and that is the reason for their fair and white skin. This however did not go down well with Doctor Radha Krishnan and he decides to answer him.
Very politely he said that he wanted to tell everyone a very humorous story. He said that while making human beings even god was not sure how to make them. It was like baking a bread. The first batch of the bread was made with caution so as not to burn them and as a result where born the fair skinned Caucasians.
When God decided to bake the next batch a bit more however they burnt and eventually that is how web on the dark skinned African people. Then for the final batch, God was extremely careful so as not to undertake or burn the bread and make it absolutely perfect. And that was how the Indians were made. This was the great reply to the British officer who was making fun of the complexion of Indians.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan greatly believed that education is an integral part of personality development as well as character building. One of his great sayings was that education to an individual is like the sweet aroma of a flower. It is because of these ideologies that Dr. Radhakrishnan was awarded the Bharat Ratna from the hands of the first president of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
Keeping in mind these great ideas and principles, every year on this auspicious Teachers Day, we all must take pledge to keep the light of truthfulness and good character and dedication burning throughout time and history till eternity.
Dr. Radhakrishnan was born in a village in Tamil Nadu in the year 1886 on 5th of September. He was born in a middle-class family and was raised in a very religious atmosphere. From an early age he was extremely interested in education and learning.
At very young age he had memorized the entire Bible and was greatly acclaimed for it. He believed in the unification of the education system and considered the whole world as a single entity for education.
He believed education to be the tool which enables us to use our talents and skills and Discover new ones for the development of the nation as well as the world and to take humanity forward to its ultimate goals. Through his conferences seminars and speeches Dr. Radhakrishnan was instrumental in putting forward the Indian philosophy traditions and its culture in front of the whole world.
I would like to conclude by saying that there is no one else as important as a teacher in our life. A teacher is not only the one who teaches us in school a few lessons. A teacher makes us a man. We are like Hitler speeches of clay which are sculpted into master thesis by the magical hands of our teachers.