The champion of liberalism, individualism and democracy, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is one of the founding members of modern India. He was born in 1888 at Tiruttani in Madras. Dr Radhakrishan taught philosophy in the university at Madras, Mysore and Calcutta.
Dr Radhakishnan also held the position of Vice-Chancellor in Banaras Hindu Univesity and was appointed Indian ambassador to USSR in 1949. His contribution in UNESCO at different capacities gave him a universal acknowledgement. Dr RadhaKrishanan was vice-president of India from 1952 to 1962 and President of India from 1962 to 1967.
After 1967, he retired from the active life of politics and lived in Madras until his death today, on April 17 in 1975. Dr Radhakrishnan was a committed philosopher, thinker and scholar, his spiritual idealism was influenced by the teaching of Vedantic tradition. He created new awareness amongst scholars about Indian heritage, both in India and abroad.
To acknowledge this contribution to India and celebrated the life of this great scholar, India Post has issued a commemorative stamp in 1989. The photograph was provided by Dr S. Gopal.
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