What can I say about Smt. Indu Jain that has not already been said in the last few days? She was a remarkable person, a great human being and had always had a smile on her face. I cannot, however much I may try, see her as a tall leader, big personality, famous person …. all I can see is a very, very loveable person, humane to the core, caring like a mother and being there like a true friend and guide. I saw and still see her as a real person, what humans across the world should be.
“Sit straight, don’t strain your neck, keep yourself hydrated, drink at least 1 liter of water, eat food on time,” she often affectionately scolded me in the period of more than a decade that I worked with her. Political leaders, bureaucrats, industrialists, and intelligentsia held her in awe and reverence. All I could see was a caring, down to earth person who wore her formidable stature lightly.
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She spoke informally and openly with all colleagues and was always open to suggestions. She brought out the best in people. I can personally say that working with her made me calmer, more peaceful and helped me to visualize things in a larger, holistic perspective. I am sure it was the same with everyone else who was associated with her for a long period of time.
She had an uncanny quality of quietly observing and finding out what one likes to do and would encourage you to do that chosen job. She would empower you and give you freedom to make mistakes, guide you with a smile and still applaud your work.
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She practiced “Corporate Social Responsibility” long before anyone even understood what it really was. She was always happy to make time for small NGOs, or a social worker, provided they were doing meaningful work. She would dedicate an enormous amount of time for uplifting the underprivileged and voiceless. She nurtured the Times Foundation with immense dedication and time and made it a respected institution in a very short span of time. She was never interested in her name being put on the many life changing projects that we did but was very keen on the work reaching the real beneficiary. She was, truly the voice of the underprivileged.
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All of this sprang out of her deep spirituality. She was the biggest proponent of connecting spirituality to all things in life. “We are just a Drishta – a ringside viewer, and we should not get dragged into anything personally,” she would always say. If the divine wanted it, it must be for the best. “Help all spiritual organizations as much as possible”, she would say with absolute conviction.
She rigorously promoted “spirituality at workplace”. “Spirituality will even help businesses grow”, she would say. She believed that people with a spiritual way of life would be happy everywhere, even while at work, they would be more moralistic and honest, they would make great team players, they would be very focused and would reach the goal. “What more can an enterprise ask for, from an employee?” she would ask. I doubt if anybody in the business world would disagree.
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“The world looks at India for spiritual knowledge, India should be the “margdarshak”” she would say. She brought out 2 volumes of “Encyclopedia of Indian Saints & Sages”. “Let our youngsters know the great legacy of Indian Masters, and let the world see what an incredible spiritual treasure we have”, was the motto for both the books. She was very clear that the books not be too heavy to read, lest youngsters get disinterested. Her hope was that the books would prompt a desire to learn more in the readers and turn them into “jigyasus”.
Even though, I have not touched on the many awards and honors she received … they are well documented, I could go on and on and on, on what an incredible person she was. Many people saw her in many different light/s, but I remember her for the person she was. I see her as a caring mother, a loving teacher and guide, a humanitarian, a close friend and mentor.
Though I know you will be happiest and smiling where you are, I will terribly miss you Shrimaa.
With Lots and lots and lots of Love.