Being a Philosopher at heart, if there is someone I really look up to, it’s Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Becides being the first Vice President of India and the second President of India, he is one of the best known scholars. He is one of those who worked as a bridge between eastern and western education by keeping the decorum of eastern education intact.
It’s very easy to get influenced by the different education system but a balanced intellectual mind will always pick the best and fruitful qualities of other education system and restrain from criticizing. I learnt that from Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
He was not just a thinker but also an acute decipherer of Indian tradition as it is established in the Upanishads , bhagwat gita etc. His clarity of thoughts were commendable, he never shied away from expressing his philosophical thoughts along the Indian tradition and Hindu philosophy. He was what he was, he never pretended to be someone else, he learnt English in spite of his father’s disapproval at the same time he never forgot the teachings of his father. He taught me all this as so much more about life and being oneself without hesitation.
He is one of those few of that time who believed in the fusion of modern science and ancient wisdom. His immediate concern also was regarding the spiritual growth of an individual and humanity in general.
He entered politics believing in moral foundation of politics. He said “Religion includes faith in human brotherhood and politics is the most effective means of rendering it into visible form.” To him Politics is about promoting human solidarity but not a fight over power and rule.
To quote Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, “So many civilizations have come, floated on the surface, disappeared again. What remains is humanity. It is for the sake of that humanity that we have to work.”