Dr. Sarvepalli RadhakrishnanBorn to a brahmin family in Tiruttani in Tamil Nadu state, education from Primary Board High School at Tirutani., Hermansburg Evangelical Lutheral Mission School in Tirupati, Voorhee’s College in Vellore , Madras Christian College , Professor of Philosophy in the University of Mysore, the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University, Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University , Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union, also elected to the Constituent Assembly of India, the first Vice-President of India , the second President of India, Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford University, fellow of the British Academy, awarded the Bharat Ratna , the Order of Merit , received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade , the Templeton Prize , donated the entire amount of the Templeton Prize to Oxford University, the Oxford University instituted the Radhakrishnan Scholarships in his memory ( “Radhakrishna Chevening Scholarships“). Lets remember the great teacher on TEACHER’S DAY.
“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.” – Aristotle
MY First Teachers: My Father Late Sudam Ch. Dash was my first teacher, he taught me the basic values of life and how to give respect to talent irrespective cast and wealth. Till class four everyday he was teaching us from 6 to 8 PM(after that we went to some tution classes). He taught us some samskrit slokas which I still remember …it goes like “Paropkaraya phalanti brukhsya, paropkarya bahanti nadya, paropkaraya dudhanti gava, paropkaraya idam sariram“. Also my mother Late Sureshwari Dash taught me to fight the battle of life by saying “Stay cool and go ahead”. If I will not obey her and skip my evening study time then she used to say “Kahari kichi jiba nahi to bana budiba gosain”…….
During one of my friend’s wedding(Ramesh) in Bargarh this year in june, I met our UP school Head Master Sri TulasiRam Pradhan(Rececipent of Rashtrapati Award). He is very old now and was bit sick, but inspite of that difficulties he attended the reception and blessed the couple. He was standing in a corner with “Jyshobanti Guruma” and was discussing something. I saw them and went there and as usual I said “Angya Namaskar”. Jyshobanti Guruma asked Tulasi Angya..”Do you remember him?” , Suddenly a tearful eyes said “Because of these people I got award from President and am recorgnised as a good Teacher everywhere”…”Emane mor chua aan”…”eeta aamar Manas aaye”. “Kenta aachu bo babu…Bhagwan tate bhal bhabe rakhitaun..Tor Bapara na ke sarthak karbu..sabku sabubele khushi debu”.. Jyshobanti guruma said “Bad te chkari kalana”.. Tulasi Aangya said “Karba nai, Hatpada School ra chua aaye, aamar aashirwad sabubele tar sange aache”. I was feeling great because still my teachers remember me and all my activities and we are just like the old school boys for them. Now a days we are making ourselves very busy in professional life and occupied with family responsibilities and may be not remebering our teachers, who had placed us in a respectful postion in the society. But still they have the same love and affection for us.
I still remember the Teacher’s Day celebration. We used to prepare debate and songs and on that day we will stand in a line to take the blessings of our teacher….Can’t we go back to those days??????
During my High School days once Our teacher Sri Susil Dash said “Tume gadha jadi phel heba …khali tumar handwriting lagi phel heba”. I was very much upset for a few days…then he called me once again and said “eehade bhi time aache ..practice kara…mor tumar upre pura biswas aache je tume bahut bhal karba”. I tried a lot for so many days and still trying also for better handwriting(now somewhat manageable). Now a days I am not writing that much (due to computerisied work culture) but still I remeber him whenever i write something.
Those who stood first in school events(Town High School) they can participate in block level OSTA competetions. I stood 2nd in QUIZ so was not selected. One of the boy’s name appeared twice in the list (in QUIZ and in Essay), but he can only participate in one. That day while I was roaming arround the school field, one of our High School Teacher Sri Khageswar Meher(popularly know as Meher Aangya) called me and told come to the Head Master’s room. I went there and our Head Master Sri Narsingh Bishi asked me “why do you stood second in QUIZ?”. I kept quite ..he scolded me for that and then they told “don’t worry …we called you to inform that you will be representing our school in the OSTA quiz competions, go and practice hard and remember don’t come back with empty hand”. I felt very happy and participated in that block level competition and stood First in the QUIZ and again represented our block in Sambalpur( but stood 4th there). Here I learned that you know less about your potential than your teacher. They have already discovered you through your potential so obey their advice and work on them. We had a small “QUIZ Society”, under the mentorship of Sri Sushil Dash and we used to practice during the last period of the day.
During my college days I attainded a NSS camp in a near by village(I was the team leader). After working very hard for some 10 days we decided to give away the best Volunteer Award. Our guide “Shri Prahallad Dora” came to me and asked “who do you think is suitable for it”. I promptly replied “Bharat”. He was quite for some time and said “You know I have always kept a little soft corner in my heart for you, and today I am proud of you for your decision“.
Three or four months back I met him near Main Road, Bargarh and he spent arround 20 mintues and asked me about my job , life , health and everything and said “still I remeber those NSS days and hopefully now also you must be doing the good work for the society with same spirit and motive”.
“Basics are important for a person to excel in every sphere of life. Concentrate on your basics and never ask for spoon feeding” said Lalit sir …Sri Lalit Kumar Barik (My Mentor, Guru, Guide of my life’s journey, my technical advisor). Even today also if I face any kind of problem either relating to professional or personal life… I used to call him and he will solve that within minutes. He is the one who changed my attitude towards life and forced me to think about the broader aspect of life and advice me to do somthing that he alwayas dreamed of. Even I remember the time when I have some issues in my career or studies and if I will ask my parents ..”what to do?”. They will adivce me “Speak to your lalit sir and check if he has something for you”. Now my parents are no more but I can connect to them through the advices of Lalit sir.
I salute all my teachers including Santanu sir (a philospher with his own way of analysing life), Mishra sir of Patharla UP School, Sri Annada Bishi, Shatni Guruma, Snehalata guruma, Sujata Guruma, Tapaswini guruma, Basanti Guruma, Hota sir, Manas Sir, Dilip Sir, Mahendra Sir. Surendra sir, Late Shri Bipin Dash, Sri Chitta Ranjan Pradhan, Ranjan Sir, Ganesh Sir, Sushree Madam and last but not the least Jiten Sir(who gave a professional touch to my career). (All these respected people are from Hatpada UP School, Town High School, Panchayat College, MCA and NIIT days).
NB. I might have missed some of my teachers name but still if I close my eyes …I can see them.