8 September 1936 |
Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Occupation||Chairman and CEO of
Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd.
|Known for||The Times Foundation
The Oneness Forum
|Net worth||US$3.1 billion (February 2016)|
|Spouse(s)||Ashok Kumar Jain|
|Children||Samir Jain, Vineet Jain|
Indu Jain belongs to the Sahu Jain family and is the current chairperson of India's largest media group, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., which owns the Times of India and other large newspapers. She is widowed with two sons.
Indu Jain is Chairperson of The Times Group. In her capacity as Chairperson of The Times Group, Indu has since infused new energy into the growth of India's largest media house.
The Times Foundation, which she founded and carefully guides, has garnered international acclaim for its, often pioneering, activities in the field of development. A humanist to the core, under her direction, The Times Foundation runs Community Services, Research Foundation and Times Relief Fund for disaster reliefs like floods, cyclones, earthquakes and epidemics. Indu's championing of women's causes is also well known. She actively supports women's rights and the encouragement of entrepreneurship.
Indu Jain is also founder President of the Ladies wing of FICCI (FLO[disambiguation needed]). A patron of literature and culture, she is Chairperson of the Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust, which awards India's most prestigious and highest literary award, the Jnanpith award and supports endeavours in the field of literature in every major Indian language.
She addressed the United Nations in 2000 at the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, a speech in which she stressed the need for oneness among faiths and went on to chair a special session of the conference.
A successful business magnate, she is also often confused with the other Indu Jain who is an accomplished Hindi author and poet. Among the other Indu Jain's compositions,her noted compositions,she has penned the lyrics of critically acclaimed movies like Chashme Baddoor, Sparsh and Katha. Earlier, she had also conducted interviews and talk shows for Doordarshan.
Spreading the message of Peace Within First, Indu Jain spearheads a movement to spread the principles of peace globally.
Ms Jain was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government Of India in January 2016 .She is also the guiding force behind The Oneness Forum, formally launched by the President of India in 2003. The Forum recently awarded the Mahatma-Mahavira Awards to outstanding individuals from all of walks of life and is involved in several activities that seek to bring, and highlight, a sense of Oneness in the world.
Indu Jain was married to Ashok Kumar Jain by whom she had two sons, Samir Jain, Vineet Jain and a daughter. Her husband died on February 4, 1999 in Cleveland, United States at age of 65, following a heart transplant on January 10.