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Teachers' Day in India is also in remembrance of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the first President of Independent India

In Celebrating Teachers’ Day This Year, We Must Also Remember a Great Scholar’s Dedication to Education

In India, 5th September is celebrated as “TEACHERS’ DAY” to mark the contribution made by the teachers of the society. 5th September is the birthday of a great teacher Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. He was a staunch believer in education, a renowned scholar, President of India and above all a teacher. When Dr. Radhakrishnan became the president of India in 1962, he was approached by some of his students and friends and requested him to allow them to celebrate 5th September, his ‘Birthday’. In Reply, Dr. Radhakrishnan said, “instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if 5th September is observed as Teachers’ day”. The request showed Dr. Radhakrishnan’s love for the teaching profession. From then onwards, the day has been observed as Teachers’ day in India.

“Teachers’ day” is one occasion that is looked forward by the teachers and students alike. Every year on this day school across the county have programmes and students bring gifts to show their love and respect for their loved teachers. This day is specially set apart to pay that homage the teacher deserves. For sure the sacrifice a teacher does for the students is definitely not repayable. No gift is too huge to compensate and no gift is too small to give tribute. Teachers also need encouragement and support from the community to feel that their devotion to students is appreciated. A teacher believes that he or she must first be a mother or a father to the students that only can qualify him or her to be a good teacher.

The Academic calendar years 2020 and 2021 amidst this global pandemic corona virus, definitely have not been a very smooth sailing and pleasant year for the teachers especially those in the private schools. But on this Teachers’ Day, the students can rise above the situation and take an extra mile by doing something different this year. The gifts given every year in kinds and cash can only be given this year in our own little way into our teachers account through online banking and transferring like PhonePe, Google Pay, Paytm and what not. This could be to me a creative way of celebrating Teacher’s Day from our own homes without going out. We are people who use smart phones likewise we must also be smart people ‘to think out of the box’ and to do things differently. It may just be a little amount but it will definitely make a huge difference in the little world of the teachers and their families. This is not for monetary motive, but a sign of gratitude and acknowledgement to our teachers. I belief we must ‘do the right thing and we must do it right’ at this situation. I bet ‘You and I’ can be the difference in the life of our teachers in this year of crisis. I have done my part abit dear readers, hope you will do your part as well…

27 thoughts on “In Celebrating Teachers’ Day This Year, We Must Also Remember a Great Scholar’s Dedication to Education”


    Nice write up and i agree with your points students should not only think on four corners they should also think out of the box if they really care and love their teachers.

    1. You have succinctly expressed what many feel
      Teachers play an indispensable role in the formation of the minds and hearts and character of children.Theirs is a sublime vocation

  2. Worrinchan kasar

    “We must do the right thing and do it right.” Well quoted and i also believe that the differences, how small it may be, brought about by the teachers in the society will pave a better future far beyond this current crisis. L

    1. Solomon Awungshi

      Dear Fr. Joseph Thorii , The topic ” Teacher’s Day” you wrote is indeed beautiful and very much appreciated, and many things I learned from the article, may the good God blessed you in bringing out many articles.

  3. Sr.Genevieve Zimik

    Hats off to you dear Fr.your contribution to the society through this article are really incredible. May God Almighty bless you n your God heart 🙏

    1. Mary Mathawon Khansu

      Indeed always inspiring and encourging write up
      Thank you to Fr. Joseph
      Wishing him more heights

  4. Silvia Thingshung

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful thoughts of you through this article.
    Happy Teacher’s day!

  5. It’s very true. Every obstacles can be a great opportunities. Please do continue to write articles.

  6. Lydia Komuhra, FMA

    Thank you, Fr Thohrii for the beautiful article on the occasion of the Teachers’ Day celebration. The article brought to light the history and beginnings of Teachers’ Day in India, highlighting the giant figure of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, a scholar, teacher, and the first President of the Democratic India. You have awakened a sense of gratitude for the sacrifice made by teachers and the bounden duty of every one to acknowledge and appreciate them in concrete gestures, even in small measures. Spearheading in this regard, you paved the way, and proved true to what you have said. Compliments!
    May God bless all the teachers of our great Nation, India.

  7. A write-up with valuable personal insights which will enhance the relationship of student-teacher including parents more meaningful in the days to come. Great piece. 👍
    Thank you Fr.

  8. Asani Sapriina

    Amazing write up dear Fr.Thohrii.Am sure this article will help or give insight to lots of students and parents in a different way during this difficult time on the occasion of Teachers Day to acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifices the teacher make for the students and society as a whole. Thank you Father.

  9. Sylvia Ariina

    First of all, a very Happy Teachers Day to you and all teachers. Indeed I am very much delighted to read this thoughtful write up of yours on this special day.We need to think out of the box,to do whatever we can no matter how big or small, as a token of love and appreciation for the teachers who has been there for us. It’s the thought that counts. Please continue to write more, and I am sure with that zeal of yours, many of us will be inspired and blessed! Thank you Father!

  10. Thank you Fr. for pouring out your valuable thoughts on relationship between a teacher and a student specially in times like this. May God bless all the teachers.

  11. I also believe in this “A teacher believes that he or she must first be a mother or a father to the students that only can qualify him or her to be a good teacher.” Continue to write a good Write-up.

  12. Dangmei Rita

    Full of inspiration dear Fr.You are such an amazing writer. Keep up the Zeal dear Fr.Really appreciate it.

  13. Ayao Catherine

    As always…..precise and to the point….everyone in life has passed through the hand of a teacher…..we remember them with love n gratitude always……

  14. Chinir Aloysius thomvirshing

    Thank you father Joseph for such initiative taken and expressed. As a teacher I would like to appreciate you for awakening the society of something that’s been taken casual,being indifferent to it in the hours of strength they have grown up-to. God bless you father.

    1. Thumnu Ruwndar

      Dear Fr. Joseph.
      Your articles always Inspiring. Truely appreciate your thoughts

  15. Very good article, Fr. Thohrii. As always, your writing is very candid and systematic. Many facts are ingeniously stated here. Many teachers, especially those in private institutions, may be facing difficulties in running the family with their meagre income during this pandemic time. I am sure your suggestion of celebrating Teachers Day will go a long way in bringing happiness to many teachers.

  16. Thumnu Ruwndar

    Dear Fr. Joseph.
    Your articles always Inspiring. Truely appreciate your thoughts

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