Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a renowned Indian philosopher and educationist. He was a versatile personality and known for his command over different aspects of human life. He was a great statesman too; his visionary leadership inspired a whole generation of leaders in India. Most of us know him because of his excellence and the works he has done in the field of education or served as the first vice-president of India. He later became the second president of India. However, he was also a prolific and versatile writer who glorified our tradition and culture.
He was born on 5th of September 1888 in Madras presidency. He was a bright student from the beginning and it was reflected in his academic career as well. He received scholarship throughout his academic career. He did not pursue his career in philosophy; it was not his choice but rather a chance to study philosophy. He held many reputed posts in the reputed institutions. He was the vice-chancellor of Andhra University and after the invitation of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, he joined BHU as a vice-chancellor and served until 1948. After working for so long in these universities, he joined Indian politics (post-independence) and became the first vice-president of India and also became the second president of India later.
As a Writer:
There is no debate over his writing skills. He has shown the word many ideas and transformed many existing ones as well. Radhakrishnan’s writings were of high standard and mostly beyond the comprehension of an ordinary learner. His book Indian philosophy is a treatise on the tradition, heritage and vast culturescape of India. His approach to transforming philosophy into realism is really respectable. His ideas and works have been acknowledged worldwide. The splendour of splendid works by Radhakrishnan did not limit itself to the Indian territorial periphery: it travelled in many important European and American countries and told everyone not only about this great writer but also about this great country. He has shown a great amount of erudition in his book ‘Eastern Religions and Western Thought’. While many others try to deliberately limit the boundaries of the age-long religions of the east, Radhakrishnan opens the wide boundaries of our religion and shows the greatness through his works. His works, in the field of Indian philosophy – ancient and contemporary, are above comparison to anyone else’s.
Important Works by S. Radhakrishnan:
- Indian Philosophy (in two volumes)
- The philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore
- The Hindu View of Life
*Eastern Religions and Western Thought
- Religion and Society
- The Bhagavadgītā: Radhakrishnan version
- The Principal Upanishads
- Recovery of Faith
- Religion, Science & Culture
As an Indian Author, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan introduced Indianness to very Indians as well as to the foreigners. His works are very important to those who want to study and learn the Indian way of life. Some of his works also reflect on the great Hindu religion, in the modern world as well, which is being seen as the only way through in the region of growing terror and hate.
Contributed by Ravi, prolonged and edited by Amit