Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain

Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain was an Indian industrialist and philanthropist. He was the son-in-law of Ramkrishna Dalmia and former chairman of Bennett, Coleman. His family, Sahu Jains, owns the Times of India newspaper group.

Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain
Born22 May 1911
Died27 October 1977(1977-10-27) (aged 66)
Occupation(s)Industrialist and Philanthropist
Years active1944–1977
SpouseRamaRani Jain
ChildrenAshok Kumar Jain
Alok Jain
Manoj Jain
Alka Jain
FamilyShreyans Prasad Jain Sahu Ramesh Chandra Jain

Early age and educationEdit

He was born in the Sahu Jain Family at Najibabad in what is now Uttar Pradesh on 22 May 1911.[citation needed]


He founded Bharatiya Jnanpith on 18 February 1944 at the suggestion of many scholars who had gathered at Varanasi for the All India Oriental Conference. Since 1965 Bharatiya Jnanpith has been awarding an annual literary award, the Jnanpith Award, for the best creative Indian literary work of a specified period.[citation needed]

Bennett ColemanEdit

In 1947, Ramkrishna Dalmia engineered the acquisition of Bennett, Coleman by transferring moneys from a bank and an insurance company of which he was the Chairman. In 1955, this came to the attention of the socialist parliamentarian Feroze Gandhi who was part of the ruling Congress party headed by his estranged father-in-law Jawaharlal Nehru. In December 1955, he raised the matter in parliament, documenting extensively the various fund transfers and intermediaries through which the acquisition had been financed. The case was investigated by the Vivian Bose Commission of Inquiry.[1][full citation needed]

In the court case that followed, where Dalmia was represented by the leading British attorney Sir Dingle Mackintosh Foot, he was sentenced to two years in Tihar Jail. Upon his release, Ramkrishna approached his son-in-law Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain to whom he had entrusted running of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd for taking back the command. But Sahu rebuffed Ramkrishna's efforts to resume command of the company.[1][full citation needed]

FERA violation chargesEdit

During Nehru's regime, the trade with other countries and the foreign currencies were strictly regulated. Jain was caught, and subsequently arrested, at Palam airport (in latter day Delhi) for bringing in foreign currency. The event was blacked out by the Times of India, even though other newspapers carried the story.[2]


He died on 27 October 1977, two years after the death of his wife.[citation needed] His work was continued by his brother Shreyans Prasad Jain and also his son Ashok Kumar Jain. Today, the Times Group that runs Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. is a large media empire, still run by his descendants.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Auletta. Page 55.
  2. ^ Mishra, Girish; Pandey, Braj Kumar (1998). White-Collar Crimes - Girish Mishra, Braj Kumar Pandey - Google Books. ISBN 9788121205900. Retrieved 21 April 2012.