Archive for September 5th, 2005

Teachers’ Day

September 5, 2005

Fifth of September is celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India. It is a tribute to one of the celebrated teachers of modern India, former President Dr S Radhakrishnan who was a rare blend of a philosopher, writer, statesman and of course a great teacher.

India has a tradition of giving a special status to teacher. The word “guru” is itself is so exalted; the place of a teacher is sometimes even ahead of God – “Guru Brahma” and “Guru Vishnu”. The teacher is only next only to mother & father (“mathru devo bhava”, “pithru devo bhava”, “acharya devo bhava”). Guru Poornima is celebrated across the country.

Even today many of the “economically poor” village school teachers are still respected; that is the bedrock of the Nation. Let us re-dedicate ourselves to preserve and nurture this tradition. After all the seeds of Knowledge Society are thrown by the Teachers.

It is interesting to find another “teacher par excellence” as our President in Dr Kalam. Inspiration from people like him is the only ray of hope for an otherwise dark educational scene in India today.