K Radhakrishna Menon
Who is K Radhakrishna Menon?
K RadhaKrishna Menon also known as Radhettan or Baba, is viewed as an ideal Gandhian who, through his life, showed the world how the teachings of the Mahatma could be implemented in a modern world. Local people saw Gandhiji in Menon, learned about Gandhiji through Menon, and named him after Gandhiji.
Radhakrishna Menon was born on January 18, 1924, to Karumathil Pokkavil Kurungottu Lakshmikutty Amma and Vappala Kunhunni Menon, who was a circle inspector under the British rule. Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s close aide V.P. Menon was his uncle. Radhakrishna Menon did his M.A. in economics from Madras Christian College, where he had friends like P.P. Ummer Koya and K.N. Raj. After his degree, he reached Kolkata and edited a paper called Sathi. From Kolkata, he reached Mahatma Gandhi's Sewagram Ashram in Wardha, where he learned the crux Gandhian education ‘Nayee Taalim’. Nayee Taalim is a "Life centered education" system conceived by Gandhi who sincerely believed that freedom without wisdom would lead to anarchy. Gandhi wanted India to be well prepared to handle the freedom and he had a vision to create a new education system to educate the students not for exams but for life and prepare them as responsible and wise citizens. Radhakrishna Menon got deeply inspired by this and realized that the real freedom of humanity could be achieved only through the Nayee Taalim basic education. It was here that he met his future wife Nirmala Manjarekar who was the daughter of noted Gandhian Dadabhai Naik's younger sister.
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- Jan 18, 1924