25 Facts About Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

1. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was married to Sivakamu and had six children.

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2. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan started his career as a professor at the Department of Philosophy at the Madras Presidency College in April 1909.

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3. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the second president of independent India and the first Vice-President of the country.

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4. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan replied with a sentence that left Stalin at a loss for words.

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5. In 1920, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was invited by the Vice-Chancellor of the Calcutta University to take up the post of Professor of Mental and Moral Science.

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6. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan filed counter case for defamation of character demanding Rs 100,000 from Sinha.

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7. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan often appears to feel at home in the Indian as well as the Western philosophical contexts, and draws from both Western and Indian sources throughout his writing.

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8. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was one of India's best and most influential twentieth-century scholars of comparative religion and philosophy.

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9. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan said that none other than Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan had plagiarised from him.

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10. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was one of the most prominent spokesmen of Neo-Vedanta.

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11. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan tried to bridge eastern and western thought, defending Hinduism against "uninformed Western criticism", but incorporating Western philosophical and religious thought.

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12. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was against State institutions imparting denominational religious instruction as it was against the secular vision of the Indian State.

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13. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was elected as the first Vice-President of India in 1952, and elected as the second President of India.

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14. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was elected to the Constituent Assembly of India.

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15. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan started his political career "rather late in life", after his successful academic career.

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16. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University from 1931 to 1936.

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17. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan represented the University of Calcutta at the Congress of the Universities of the British Empire in June 1926 and the International Congress of Philosophy at Harvard University in September 1926.

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18. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan believed Tagore's philosophy to be the "genuine manifestation of the Indian spirit".

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19. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan completed his first book, The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore.

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20. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was married to Sivakamu, a distant cousin, at the age of 16.

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21. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan graduated from there in 1906 with a Voorha master's degree in Philosophy, being one of its most distinguished alumni.

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22. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born in a Telugu-speaking Niyogi Brahmin family, in Tiruttani in Madras Presidency.

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23. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan believed that "teachers should be the best minds in the country".

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24. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was awarded several high awards during his life, including a knighthood in 1931, the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, in 1954, and honorary membership of the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963.

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25. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was Upton Lecturer at Manchester College, Oxford in 1926, 1929, and 1930.

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