The Hush Post: Prof Satya Pal Gautam, a celebrated philosophy teacher at Panjab University and Jawaharlal Nehru University died of a cardiac arrest at his house in Delhi on Wednesday.
Hailing from Masania village near Hoshiarpur, Gautam was associated with Panjab University, Chandigarh, for more than three decades—first as a student and then as a teacher of Philosophy of Social Sciences. In 2004, he shifted to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He had also translated Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder’s novel ‘Sophie’s World’ in Hindi. He also served as vice-chancellor of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University, Bareilly. His enviable curriculum vitae ran into pages with many national and interanational papers to his credit.
Known for his unconventional methods of teaching and spontaneity, his storytelling type sessions were most loved by his students, contemporaries and anybody who knew him.
One of his colleagues at Panjab University remembered him as the one who inspired a whole generation of not only to teach philosophy, but practise it too. His description of himself was: “I am a student of life through literature, philosophy, social studies and history.”