Sanjay Jha (Politician) Wiki, Age, Caste, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

Sanjay Jha

He is the Executive Director of Dale Carnegie’s training operations in India. He is also a writer, public speaker, and former national spokesperson of the Indian National Congress (INC). Apart from this, he has a vast experience in various fields, including entrepreneurship, sales management, and political communication.

Wiki/Biography

Sanjay Jha was born in Pune, Maharashtra in 1969 (age 51 years; as in 2020); however, his ancestors hail from Bihar. He completed his schooling from the Bishops School, Pune, in 1974. Since his school days, Sanjay was an all-rounder. Not only was he not only good at sports but also he won several prizes and awards for academic excellence and proficiency. He graduated with distinction in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune in 1980. While studying at Fergusson College, Sanjay was also elected as the head of Dramatics Society. He did post-graduation in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, University of Pune and then a PhD in Economics from Patna University. He also did an MBA in HR from XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur in 1986 and then ventured into the corporate world, and later into politics.

Family

His elder brother, Vibhuti Jha, is principal at a corporate firm, Ashcroft Sullivan & Jha.

Sanjay Jha (left) with his elder brother, Vibhuti Jha

Sanjay Jha is married to Pallavi Jha, Chairperson and MD of Walchand PeopleFirst Ltd.

From Left: Sanjay Jha, Salim Khan (Bollywood writer), and Pallavi Jha

From Left: Sanjay Jha, Salim Khan (Bollywood writer), and Pallavi Jha

Corporate Career

Sanjay Jha started his career in the sales department with Bharat Petroleum and worked there for two years. He worked as a vice president at Alliance Capital, a mutual fund company, from 1993 to 1996. He then worked at another mutual funds company, ITC Threadneedle plc, as the senior vice-president for a year. While working there, he contributed in the launch of a joint investment mutual fund company in partnership with BAT plc, London. His interest in sports encouraged him to launch a cricket news web portal CricketNext.com in 2000. The venture was later sold to Network 18 Media Group in 2012. In 2003, he joined Dale Carnegie, a platform for personal & professional training, as the Executive Director of its operations in India. He is in charge of the Business Strategy, Market development, building reputational capital and attaining financial goals and metrics for the company.

Political career

Sanjay Jha, a Gandhi-Nehruvian idealist, joined the Indian National Congress in 2012. He served as a National Spokesperson for the Indian National Congress (INC) from 2013 to 2020 and represented the party in TV debates and panel discussions.

He was ousted from his post of the national spokesperson of INC in June 2020, a few days after Sanjay’s opinion piece criticising INC’s leadership and inner-democracy was published in an English daily, The Times of India.

He also served as the president of the All India Professionals’ Congress (Maharashtra) for three years before resigning from the post in July 2020.

On 14 July 2020, he was suspended from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress (INC) for “anti-party activities” and “breach of discipline.”

Controversies

Sanjay Jha has been engrossed in numerous controversies and most of them have been due to his political posts on social media. Here are a few of them.

  • On 25 April 2014, Sanjay Jha posted a tweet alleging Subramanian Swamy was a CIA agent after a WikiLeaks revelation said that Swamy had reported to a US diplomat about Indira Gandhi’s deteriorating health in 1977. Rubbishing Jha’s the allegations and WikiLeaks report against him, Swamy filed a 3 crore defamation lawsuit against Sanjay Jha. In response, Jha extended an unconditional apology for calling Swamy a CIA agent with no valid evidence. [1]Oneindia
  • In November 2017, Sanjay Jha retweeted a Twitter post showing a morphed picture of a police officer kneeling before BJP leader, Rajnath Singh. Sanjay deleted the post and apologised for the same after he was heavily trolled on the internet. [2]Alt News
  • On 28 March 2019, Sanjay Jha posted a derogatory tweet about the BJP leader, Narendra Modi.  Consequently, the post drew wide criticism and Sanjay Jha faced a heavy backlash on the internet for passing the sexiest jibe at Narendra Modi. Here is the Tweet.

Publications

  • 11 Triumphs, Trials and Turbulence: Indian cricket, 2003-2010
    The book showcases some of the best events in the game of cricket (between 2003 and 2010), including marvellous wins, heartbreaking failures, controversies, wicked politics, India’s victory in the 2007 T20 World Cup, and the IPL.

    11 Triumphs, Trials and Turbulence Indian cricket, 2003-2010 by Sanjay Jha

    Cover of 11 Triumphs, Trials and Turbulence: Indian cricket, 2003-2010 by Sanjay Jha

  • Superstar Syndrome (The Making of a Champion)
    The book is penned by Dr. Myra S. White, a professor at the Harvard Medical School, in collaboration with Sanjay Jha. It is an in-depth evaluation of different aspects that explains and validates the qualities which almost every successful person possesses.

    Superstar Syndrome by Dr. Myra S. White and Sanjay Jha

    Cover of Superstar Syndrome by Dr. Myra S. White and Sanjay Jha

  • The Great Unravelling: India After 2014

Author of three books, Sanjay frequently writes articles for several prominent media houses, including Huffington Post, National Herald, and the Daily O of the India Today Group.

Facts/Trivia

  • Sanjay was inclined to drama during his college days. He also headed the college dramatic group in his graduation and post-graduation days.
  • Along with working in the corporate world, Sanjay also transitioned himself as a motivational public speaker. He is known for his high-quality training and leadership talks.

    Sanjay Jha addressing the delegates at the 4th edition of VHNUM

    Sanjay Jha addressing the delegates at the 4th edition of VHNUM

  • Even after being removed from the post of the national spokesperson of the INC, Sanjay Jha, a Gandhi-Nehruvian idealist, describes himself as a Congressi by DNA. [3]Sanjay Jha Twitter According to Sanjay Jha, his commitment to the INC from the beginning has been nothing but the foundational ideology of the party.

  • Sanjay Jha is an athletic person and is often spotted indulging himself in different sports. He is a fine tennis player.

    Sanjay Jha posing with his Runners Up trophy he won at the Willingdon Club Memorial Tennis Tournament 2019

    Sanjay Jha posing with his Runners Up trophy that he won at the Willingdon Club Memorial Tennis Tournament 2019

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