Indu Jain, Times Group Chairperson, dies; PM Modi offers condolences

Indu Jain
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Expressing anguish over the death of Times Group chairman Indu Jain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said she will be remembered for her community service initiatives, passion for India’s progress and her deep interest in culture.

Indu Jain passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 complications at the age of 84, the Times Now reported.

Sharing a tweet, Times Now called Indu Jain a “lifelong spiritual seeker, pioneering philanthropist, distinguished patron of the arts, and passionate proponent of women’s rights.”

Prime Minister Modi paid tribute and said: “Saddened by the demise of Times Group Chairperson Smt. Indu Jain Ji. She will be remembered for her community service initiatives, passion towards India’s progress and deep-rooted interest in our culture. I recall my interactions with her. Condolences to her family. Om Shanti.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took it to Twitter to offer condolences.

“Deeply saddened by the demise of Times Group Chairperson Smt. Indu Jain Ji. Her deep commitment to philanthropy and nation building will always be remembered. Condolences to her family. Om Shanti,” the Delhi CM tweeted.

About Indu Jain

She became president of The Times Group in 1999, following which she developed a distinctive leadership style characterised by compassion and inclusiveness, which helped the group reach new heights.

Indu Jain set up the Times Foundation in 2000, with these key goals – sustainable development and transformational change. As one of the most respected non-profit organisations in India, it provides community services and manages the Times Relief Fund to provide aid during cyclones, earthquakes, floods, epidemics and other crises.

She was the founding president of the FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), which was established in 1983 to promote entrepreneurship and professional excellence among women in India. Since 1999, she was also president of the Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust, founded in 1944 by Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain, her father-in-law, to promote literature in Indian languages.

Indu Jain was also the driving force behind the Oneness Forum, which was launched in 2003 to promote unity around the world. The MahaviraMahatma Prize was instituted under the aegis of the forum to promote Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of ahimsa (non- violence).

She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2016, which was among the many honours she received.

In 2019, the Institute of Company Secretaries of India conferred her with Lifetime Achievement Award for Lifetime Contribution to Media by the All India Management Association in 2018, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Congress of Women.

She also addressed the United Nations at the Millennium World Peace Summit in 2000.

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