ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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An Idealist View of Radhakrishnan

Radhakrishnan has been one of the most fascinating, if a little enigmatic, figures of twentieth century India. A statesman among academic philosophers and the only philosopher among Indian statesmen, Radhakrishnan is often worshipped, some times criticised and scarcely read these days. The reputation he enjoyed during his life time is mostly in the domain of history now. The statesman-Radhakrishnan often eclipses or reinforces the philosopher-Radhakrishnan. Why did it happen so? In our anxiety to put him on a high pedestal and to deify him we have distanced this man of flesh and blood so much that we are doing a disservice not only to his memory but to ourselves as well.

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