(1924 – 19 July 1993), was an Indian
journalist. He served as the editor of The Times of India
from 1978 till 1988. He was sympathetic to Hindu nationalism
and authored books on the subject, the best known of which, The Hindu Phenomenon
, was published posthumously.
Girilal Jain was born in a rural village 50 miles (80 kilometeres) from New Delhi
. He received a bachelor's degree from Delhi University
. He married Sudarshan Jain in 1951. They had a son and three daughters, among whom are the historian Ms. Meenakshi Jain and the columnist Ms. Sandhya Jain.
He died on July 19, 1993 at the age of 69.
In 1988, Jain was fired as the editor of the Times of India
when he developed Hindutva sympathies.
Girilal Jain welcomed the movement for the Ram Temple
as part of the process of Hindu self-renewal and self-affirmation.
He believed that the political-economic order that Jawaharlal Nehru
had fashioned was as much in its last throes as its progenitor
, the Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist order. He believed that the two major planks of this order, secularism
, have "lost much of their old glitter" while the third, non-alignment
, has become redundant.
According to him, the... Read More