When he became President, some of Dr. Radhakrishnan’s students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, 5 September. He replied,
“Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers’ Day.”
His birthday has since been celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India. (Reference http://www.festivalsofindia.in/td/index.aspx)
An authoritative of comparative religion and philosophy, he wrote critical interpretation of India’s religious and philosophical literature for the English speaking world. He was the first Indian to speak at the Hibbert Lectures; the only other Indian to speak here was Rabindranath Tagore.
I remember – during school days, our seniors (10th class students) used to take the responsibility of taking classes for the juniors, on the teachers’ day. When I was in 10th class, the senior students organized the full-day events along with conducting the classes for the juniors. It was a wonderful experience.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every teacher who has been a part of my academics and life, in general.
BTW, Hindus and Buddhists have another day to commemorate teachers i.e. Guru Pournima.