On Teacher’s Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said teachers had a “central role” to play in building “New India,” a five-year roadmap for development that he recently outlined.
Modi paid tribute to philospher-author Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, India’s second president and an advocate of the importance of education. Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888. The anniversary of that date is celebrated in India as Teacher’s Day.
“I salute the teaching community that is devoted to nurturing minds and spreading the joys of education in society,” Modi tweeted.
In another tweet, he repeated a mantra he coined for last month’s edition of his monthly radio address, Mann Ki Baat.
More than five decades have passed since Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s tenure as president ended. The current occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Ram Nath Kovind, had this to say about Teacher’s Day on Monday.
“Our nation has a warm tradition of the Guru Shishya parampara by which teachers impart their knowledge to students and empower them. It is our moral responsibility to pay respect and regard to teachers, as they are role models who guide children to become good and productive human beings.”
“Teachers also develop the creativity of children and kindle a desire in them to be innovative,” he added.