Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President of India (1952–1962) and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967.

Radhakrishnan was awarded several high awards during his life, including 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. Radhakrishnan believed that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”. Since 1962, his birthday is celebrated in India as Teachers’ Day on 5 September (adapted from Wikipedia).

The teachers should be the best minds in the country but is it actually true in current era?

Are we talking only about people who are in teaching profession only?

The teacher plays a crucial role in modeling a child at formative stage and is important to have best people available. But it is not!!!

Despite Teacher’s day is celebrated since 1962, even filling up the requisite number of teachers/faculty in schools and colleges is a mirage.

In spite of all odd, India is transforming. Per Capita is increasing. Lifestyle is changing. Somewhere deep down, the people are learning. People are getting inspired from people who have gone beyond hurdles and become Barons.

The Teacher, in my understanding, is the one who has helped people beyond the textual knowledge. People who have transformed people. People who have inspired people. People who have gone above their self interest and lived for better of society.

The list of such known people is not small. But the stories just inspire. We need somebody who can hold our hands and walk along to carve the path of success or show us the path which may lead to our wishful destiny.

There is a teacher inside all of us. We all must have helped many people in different ways. We have to just re-align the meaning of teacher.

India is a country of billion+ people and do exists billion+ opportunities. Every Indian is an opportunity to be explored. Let us share our wisdom and resources with people around us and make them successful and pay our homage to the Great Leader Sh. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Ji and make the Teacher’s day relevant in its true sense.

While saluting to the efforts for helping people, I also wish people who are helped; they must encourage people by thanking them to their best and keep them motivated for helping more and more people around.

Happy Teacher’s Day!!!