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Remembering teachers who have inspired millions with their work

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Teachers are the building blocks of the nation. They combine the love of learning and the love of the learner. Education is the most important weapon in building the future. A teacher guides the representative of the future. They mold the student and steer them in the right direction. A student will forget a teacher who tended the class with care and love. Their memories inspire them in the bleakest of moments. Carl Buechner says, “They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.” On the occasion of Teachers’ day, here is a list of the most inspiring teachers who went out of their way to educate students.


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Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

India will be celebrating its 58th teacher’s day on the occasion of the Birthday of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, India’s former president.

He was the first Vice President of India and before joining politics, he used to teach at Madras Presidency College. He was very famous among students because of his compassionate nature.


Called as the father of Politics by many, Chanakya was the teacher of Chandragupta Maurya who is given the credit of unifying India under one kingdom. Chanakya used to have unbiased behaviour and true nationalist, he decided to raise a new king who was more capable of the then ruler. He raised Chandragupta Maurya and made him the ruler.

He was the professor of Economics and Political Science at Takshila University. He had said, “Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.”

Savitribai Phule

We also call her the mother of Indian Feminism.  Born on January 3. 1831, she was a poet, teacher, and social reformer. She was the first female teacher of India. She had played a vital role in improving women’s condition and fighting for their rights.

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Swami Vivekananda

He was born on January 12, 1863. Still regarded as a teacher from many people, Swami Vivekananda needs no introduction. He is always remembered for his work towards the Gurukul system in the country and his famous speech at Chicago which surprised the Americans as the speech began with words like “My dear brothers and sisters of America.”

 Anand Kumar

He is the most popular person on our list. Anand Kumar started the Super 30 program to coach poor students for IIT-JEE. He is one of those other bright students who could not attend Cambridge University because of economic problems. Developing a deep love for Mathematics, Anand started the Super 30 program in 2000 where he helped students prepare for IIT Joint Entrance Examinations. As of 2015, 391 of 450 students have successfully qualified for the topmost institute. Discovery channel in 2009 made a one-hour documentary on him. He also became the subject of a big Bollywood biopic featuring Hrithik Roshan.

Babar Ali

Teaching while he was in school himself, Babar Ali teaches more than 800 children today. BBC declared him as the ‘youngest headmaster in the world’ at the age of 16 for running a school in Murshidabad, W.B. Babar started teaching while he himself was still in school. Beginning with a few children, the school has grown to 800 children and a total of 10 teachers. Furthermore, the school is conducted outdoors. Babar has been recognized and awarded many honors for his hard work. teacher day thoughts

Aditya Kumar

This genius cycled from Lucknow to Ranchi, to spread awareness about the importance of education amongst the poor. Possessing only a bicycle, Aditya Kumar took it upon himself to cycle all the way from Lucknow to Ranchi. He even teaches languages, mathematics for free to students who cannot afford to go to school. The former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has even awarded him for his efforts. teacher day celebration

Abdul Malik

This story is completely extraordinary. Abdul swims across a river to get to his students on time, at 9 am. Belonging to Mallapuram, Abdul Malik swims through a muddy river with his clothes, shoes and tiffin in his left hand to reach his students on time at 9 am. What is the reason behind this? He said it otherwise takes 3 hours to cover a 12-km stretch by bus. His swimming means he can cover the same distance in 15 mins. When his story came to the limelight, a good-natured person even offered to donate a fiber-glass boat to the teacher. Such stories always remain with us, in our memories. sikshak diwas

Vimla Kaul

The legend began teaching the underprivileged, right after retiring with her husband. She even continues to do so even at the age of 81. Vimla retired from the profession of teaching nearly 20 years ago. But she took it up again almost immediately when she began teaching the underprivileged students. She was so unhappy with the quality of education at Government schools. So she started her own little school in a 4-room apartment which she named Guldasta. Her husband joined her in her initiative until his demise in 2009. Vimla continues the honest work for both of them. Teacher Day

Bharti Kumari

Age is no barrier for those who are determined. Bharti Kumari began teaching at the age of 12 even as she herself was studying in school. She is the proud owner of the title of being one of the ‘youngest headmistresses’ around the world. Bharti Kumari began heading the village school in Kusumbhara at the age of 12. She was abandoned at the time of birth but this did not stop her from her good work. Bharti teaches English, Hindi, and Maths to children under a mango tree and then attends the school too.

Barun Biswas

The story is a sensitive one. It tells the tale of a real-life superhero. Barun Biswas taught the children in this backward area from West Bengal. He taught people to stand up to politically motivated crimes. In a small part of West Bengal called Sutia, political rapes and murders kept happening. One common man stood up to the system. Barun Biswas, who appears like a hero from a Bollywood film, knew the only solution was an education for the poor farmer’s children. He taught them and raised his voice. He died in 2012. However, Biswas’s powerful story brought injustice to light in front of the whole world.

Motiur Rahman Khan

Motiur Rahman Khan is one of the books. He teaches students for the IPS, IAS and the IRS for a guru Dakshina of only Rs 11. Nowadays teachers are charging lakhs of rupees to teach in high-end coaching centers. Whereas ‘Guru Rahman’ in Patna teaches students for IAS, IRS, and IPS exams for an amount of Rs 11. There are so many needy students who are unable to make a living out of their primary education and do not have funds. Rahman acts as their guardian angel as he helps them make their way towards a good lifestyle.


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(Inputs by Ashiwani Kumar)

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