KBC 13 contestant Samiksha couldn’t answer this Rs 12.5 lakh question. Can you?

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Amitabh Bachchan began the Thursday episode (September 2) with Samiksha Shrivastava. The 35-year-old contestant from Kota had won Rs 10,000 in the previous episode. Samiksha works as an Assistant Vice President in an MNC that makes Power Conductors for Transmission lines.


Samiksha took a lifeline for 40,000 and gave the correct answer with the help of the Audience Poll. She used her third lifeline, Flip The Question for the eighth question and won Rs 80,000. Samiksha used her last lifeline for the ninth question. She gave the correct answer with help of Ask The Expert and won Rs 1.6 lakh. With no lifelines in hand, Samiksha won Rs 6.4 lakh. However, she decided to quit the game after looking at the 12th question for Rs 12.5 lakh, as she was not sure about the answer.

Here’s the question that stumped Samiksha Shrivastava:

Who, among these, is India’s first woman mining engineer?

The four options were: Chandrani Prasad Verma, Mohana Singh, Rajeshwari Chatterjee and A Lalitha

The correct answer was: Chandrani Prasad Verma

Here are some of the questions faced by Samiksha:

Which of these nations is entirely north of the equator?

The four options were Indonesia, Papua Guinea, Sri Lanka and Argentina

The correct answer was: Sri Lanka

Which of these former chief ministers of Maharashtra studied aerospace engineering?

The four options were: Sushilkumar Shinde, Prithviraj Chavan, Abdul Rehman Antylay and Yashwantrao Chavan.

The correct answer was: Prithviraj Chavan

Who was the founder-president of the FICCI Ladies Organisation and also served as the chairperson of the Times Group from 1999 to 2021?

The four options were: Savitri Jindal, Priyamvada Birla, Meera Sanyal and Indu Jain

The correct answer was: Indu Jain

Dr S Radhakrishnan was the Indian ambassador to which country before becoming the vice president in 1952?

The four options were: USSR, USA, China and Japan

The correct answer was: USSR

Who, among these, is India’s first woman mining engineer?

Chandrani Prasad Verma, Mohana Singh, Rajeshwari Chatterjee and A Lalitha

The correct answer was: Chandrani Prasad Verma


Samiksha was followed by Aaysha on the hot seat. The 34-year-old is a primary school teacher from Bharatpur, Rajasthan. She used her first lifeline for the seventh question, which was related to Ranbir Kapoor and won Rs 20,000. Later, Aaysha revealed it took 17 years for her to get married to the love of her life, Dhiraj. She shared that they were of different religions, which caused the delay, as their families weren’t okay with their union.

Aaysha used her second lifeline, The Audience Poll, in the next question, and won Rs 40,000. She was not sure about the answer for the next one. Hence, opted for Flip The Question and won Rs 80,000. She used her last lifeline for the alternated question and gave the correct answer. Aaysha went on to win Rs 6.4 lakh and decided to quit the game after having a look at the question for Rs 12.5 lakh.

This is the 12.5 lakh question faced by Aaysha:

Who became the first cabinet minister of Industry and Supply of independent India?

The four options were: RR Diwakar, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, C Rajagopalchari, Harekrushna Mahtab

The correct answer was: Syama Prasad Mookerjee

Here are the questions answered by Aaysha:

In July, 2021, who became only the second Indian-born woman to fly to space?

The four options were: Shawna Pandya, Avani Chaturvedi, Sirisha Bandla and Mawya Sudan

The correct answer was: Sirisha Bandla

Which of these sobriquets does not refer to a city located in Rajasthan?

Blue City, Orange City, Golden City and Pink City

The correct answer was: Orange City

Who appoints the Chief Election Commissioner of India?

The four options were: President of India, Chief Justice of India, Lok Sabha Speaker, Prime Minister of India

The correct answer was: President of India

Where is the longest bone in the human body?

The four options were: Thigh, Lower Leg, Back and Hand

The correct answer was: Thigh

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Celebrating Teacher Extraordinaire Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan — The Indian Panorama

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Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday on September 5 is celebrated in India as Teacher’s Day

Margaret Mead, a great American Anthropologist, when she was a little girl, asked her father, who was a professor, “Father, who is a professor? He replied, “Professor is one who keeps learning, and teaches what he learned”. What an extraordinary and unusual reply!

Dr. Radhakrishnanwas a teacher, scholar, philosopher and humanitarian par excellence. His birthday, September 5th, is celebrated in India as Teacher’s Day. I will essay to summarize Dr. Radhakrishnan’s life as a teacher.

Plato’s concept of philosophy king and the Indian idea of Rajarishi have striking similarities. The idea was realized in Marcus Aurelius, Janaka, Emperor Ashoka and Akbar. In modern times Dr. Radhakrishnan exemplifies this concept when he was elected President of India in 1962. In 1964, the Pope conferred on Dr. Radhakrishnan, in a declaration, as one of the Chiefs of Golden Army of Angels.

Early life

Radhakrishnan was born on Sept 5th, 1888, in Thiruttani, a small town near Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border in a Telugu speaking family. Dr. Radhakrishnan’s family background coupled with his early demonstrated aptitude for learning took him in gradual stages to school and college. During his college days at Christian College, Madras, one of his senior cousins made him a gift of his old books-Stout’s psychology, Welton’s Logic, and Mackenzie’s Ethics. He chose philosophy as the main subject of his studies. He later reflects “the subject of philosophy I happened to take up by sheer accident. But when I look at the series of accidents that have shaped my life, I am persuaded that there is more in this life than meets the eye. Life is not a mere chain of physical causes and effects. Chance seems to form at the surface, but deep-down other forces are at work. If the universe is a living one, if it is spiritually alive nothing in it is merely accidental. The moving finger writes and having writ moves on.”

The Christian atmosphere in Madras Christian College had both a positive and negative experiences on the mind of the young Radhakrishnan. He aquatinted himself with the teaching of the New Testament.

Teacher at Madras & Rajahmundry

Government Arts College Rajahmundry now known as Government College (Autonomous) is on the banks of River Godavari in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. It was established as a Zilla Parishad high school in 1853 and upgraded as a Provincial school of Madras Presidency in 1868. It became a college in 1885. It was affiliated to University of Madras in 1891 and reaffiliated to Andhra University in 1926. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan served as a professor here from 1916 to 1918.

In the memory of the great teacher, the Goutami Eye Institute, Rajahmundry, AP and the Eye Foundation of America are sponsoring free eye examination to 100 teachers in the region on September 5, 2021.


It has been said he used to give brilliant lectures, unsurpassed in brevity and clarity. According to a veracious source, Radhakrishnan in his twenties was a “bohemian and temperamental, not very disciplined and prone to occasional outbursts of anger,” but in later life he became free from all these tendencies and attained serenity and equipoise. In 1912 his lectures at Presidency were published as essentials of psychology- Oxford University press.

He was such a prolific writer, that before he turned 27, he had already contributed a number of essays. His diversity of interest on such wide-ranging themes as ‘Karma and Free Will’, ‘Nature and Convention in Greek’, ‘Ethics of Bhagavad-Gita and Kant’, ‘Bergson’s Idea of God’, ‘Morality and Religion in Education’, ‘A View from India on the War I’. These appeared in journals of international repute, such as, The Monist, The Quest, Mind, Journal of Philosophy and The International Journal of Ethics. His Second essay on ‘A view from India on the War I’ was not allowed to be published by the censors. In 1916, Radhakrishnan was promoted as a Professor and placed in the Provincial Grade and was posted at the Government Arts College, Rajahmundry. (AP) He soon became an inspiring and beloved teacher. He stayed in Rajahmundry till 1918. He later said these were the happiest and most fulfilling years of his life.

It was during this period, he worked on the manuscript of his book “The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore “which was published in 1918. Describing Tagore’s philosophy, he says”Tagore’s supreme spirit is not an abstract entity residing at a safe distance from the world, but is the concrete, dynamic life at the center of things, giving rise to the roar of the wind and the surf of the sea…Rabindranath is a wholeness of vision which cannot tolerate any absolute divisions.”

From Mysore to Calcutta

Radhakrishnan was appointed as professor of IndianPhilosophy at Mysore University in 1916. It was during his Mysore days that he published a series of articles in Mind in which he often examined Bergson’s philosophy, attempted to prove that he was an Absolutist and wrote his second book, ‘The Reign of Religion in Contemporary Philosophy’ which was published in 1920. Examining the philosophies of thinkers like William James, Rudolf Eucken, James Ward, Leibnitz, and others. RK condemned such dominance of religion in philosophy and pleaded for the development of a philosophy in which religion is neither the basis, nor the motivating force.

At University of Calcutta, he became successor to Brajendra Nath Seal (doyen of Indian Philosophy) perplexing many. In 1923, Radhakrishnan’s monumental work, Indian Philosophy Vol 1 was published. The impact of this book was tremendous. It resulted in the vivification of philosophical thought in Indian universities.

He was a Professor in a small town, big cities, Vice chancellor of Andhra University, Banares Hindu University, Spalding Professor at Oxford, Ambassador to Moscow, Vice President and President of India.One can go on and on about Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan as a great teacher and an extraordinary Philosopher and Humanitarian. It may be said of a philosopher or a scientist that “the essential in the being “of such a man lies “in what and how he thinks, not in what he does or suffers”. This is what Einstein said about himself. Radhakrishnan, for inscrutable reasons, said very little about himself (Acharya Devo Bhava).

(VK Raju MD, FRCS, FACS is a US based Ophthalmologist, Regional Eye Associates; President and Founder, Eye Foundation of America; President and Founder, Goutami Eye Institute; Clinical Professor, West Virginia University; Director, International Ocular Surface Society; Adjunct Professor, GSL Medical School. He can be reached at [email protected]. He can also be reached at Mobile / 1+ 304 2882080)

Teachers’ Day 2020: All About Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, The Man Who Started This Day

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Teachers’ Day 2020: People across India celebrate Teachers’ Day on September 5. The day is dedicated to teachers, mentors, and gurus who guide us to be a better human being as well as make us a learned student. But did you know, why do we celebrate this day? It is the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, an exemplary teacher and former President of India.Also Read - Oxford Says Testing Ivermectin as Possible Medicine For Treating Covid-19. What we Know

Dr Sarvepalli dedicated his life to education and the youth of the country. “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers’ Day,” he had said, and henceforth, the tradition to celebrate Teachers’ Day started from 1962 and to honour him and the teachers across the country. Also Read - Delhi University to Reopen For Final Year Students With Full Staff Strength From Feb 1

On Teachers’ Day, celebrations are held in schools and colleges, thanking them for firming the academic grounds of children. Various educational institutions give teachers a day’s rest while students arrange various events for them. Usually, teachers are presented with cards and flowers on this day. Also Read - Sputnik V and AstraZeneca Collaboration Beneficial For India

Born on September 5, 1888, in a middle-class family in Tirutani, Sarvepalli was an incredible student who studied philosophy at Christian College in Madras. Born into a Telegu family, he held a stark record in academics ever since he was young. Radhakrishnan played into almost all fields of social sciences.

He was a passionate teacher and his teaching career spanned for many years. He taught at Chennai’s Presidency College and Calcutta University; then he became the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra Pradesh University, Delhi University as well as the Banaras Hindu University. In 1936, he was called by Oxford to teach the subject ‘Eastern Religions and Ethics’. He taught there for about 16 years.

In 1947, when India achieved its independence, Dr Sarvepalli represented India at UNESCO (1946–52) and was later declared Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union, from 1949 to 1952. He was also elected to the Constituent Assembly of India. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1952. In 1954, he received the German ‘Order pour le Merite for Arts and Science’ and in 1961, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

In 1952, Dr Sarvepalli was appointed as the first Vice President of India. Then, in 1962, he was appointed as the President of free India. He is touted to be one of the most distinguished twentieth-century scholars of comparative religion and philosophy. He passed away on April 16, 1975, in Chennai.

We wish our readers a very happy teachers’ day!