Dr. Gulab Kothari
Dr. Gulab Kothari, Chief Editor, Rajasthan Patrika Group, is one of the most celebrated and versatile journalists of India. He favours the journalism that promotes a general awareness of secularism and works for the regeneration of moral, social, cultural and spiritual values. He pleads for a balance between materialistic development and spiritual development. His journalism and writings are an excellent example of his positive outlook on life and holistic thinking. They reflect the agony of change and transformation and provide new insights into a balanced life. As a journalist he has made innovative experiments in his writings and the subject he chooses speaks volumes of his editorial competence, profoundity of thought and power of mobilization. Widely known for his classic MANAS, an analytical study of human mind from a Vedic perspective, Dr. Kothari combines knowledge with understanding. He is a sensitive writer and a profound scholar of ved vigyan (secrets of nature as expounded in the Vedas). He has authored more than fifty books in Hindi and English on various aspects of human life which reveal its subtleties. The sole objective of his life is to inspire people to elevate their level of consciousness and live with a purpose.
Born on January 6, 1949 in a historic town Malpura situated in the Tonk district of Rajasthan, Gulab Kothari has evinced deep interest in folk arts and folk culture. He undertook a long journey into the distant villages and towns in Rajasthan and portrayed the varied hues of the folk culture.
Before joining Rajasthan Patrika, he served in Indian Air Force for eight years (1967 to 1975) and rendered his war services in Indo-Pak conflict from 3rd December 1971 to 17th December 1971. He was decorated with Paschim Star and Sangram Medals for his meritorious services. He was also honored with 25th Independence Anniversary Medal. He retired as Corporal (Inst.Rep. I) in 1975. The Air Force service inculcated in him value of discipline in daily life, the determination to achieve goals, quality of being selfless, faith in the team work and organization and clear understanding of professionalism, dedication and diligence. For a soldier, no work is small and nothing is unimportant. Every task has to be performed perfectly in a routine and punctual manner. Supreme integrity and dependability permeate life and become basic seals of personality.
With these matchless assets in hand, he embarked upon his journey in journalism & management and attained highest heights in every field of his endeavor. Today, his group’s flagship newspaper is counted among top 20 newspapers in the world and also as the third largest newspaper in India. During his arduous journey his Air Force experience enables him to face successfully many ups & downs, challenging situations and organizations crisis of tremendous complexity.
On the personal front, Dr Gulab Kothari is ranked among the most academically accomplished editors of India. He is the only editor in the media world, who has been honored with Bharatiya Jnanpith Moortidevi award for his masterpiece literary work- “MAIN HI RADHA MAIN HI KRISHNA”. For his selfless reporting, he was invited for special lecture at London school of economics on globalize trade and moral imperatives & the power of ideas. He was also honored with “editor of the year Award” by International Advertising association, India chapter. For his tireless efforts and constructive reporting on conflict resolution and peace initiative, he had the honor to address prestigious International peace conferences including those of the United Nations. Today he is among the select newspaper professionals who were bestowed with Emeritus Professorship and D.Litt.( Honoris Causa & regular) by leading universities of India & abroad. A three day National Conference on his works was organized by Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan in New Delhi in which his academic achievements were highlighted by scholars of international fame. (The proceedings of the conference are under publication & will be mailed to you shortly).
He earned his Ph.D. Degree from the Intercultural Open University, the Netherlands in 1995. His thesis entitled 'Newspaper Management' has already been published and is being used as a reference work by the students of journalism in various universities of India. He was awarded D.Litt. in Philosophy by the same University in 2002 and his thesis has already been published with the title : 'Body Mind Intellect'. Similarly D. Litt. Honoris causa Degree conferred by Oki-do Libra Mikkyo Yoga Universita, PEJARO (ITALY) in July 2017 for studies and research in Yoga and Indian Philosophy.
Dr. Kothari was also awarded Ph.D. degree in recognition of his thesis 'Newspaper Management' by Universidad Azteca, Mexico and by Universidad Central De Nicaragua in April 2014 under the dual degree programme agreement by these two universities with IOUF. In addition he was conferred D.Litt. - Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by Amity University-Jaipur for authoring books that inspire people and create formative influence on Children on 09.02.2014 and D.Litt. - Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur in recognition of his literary works on Ved Vigyan on 21st December, 2014. He is also honored with D.Litt. - Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University, Udaipur.
Dr Kothari is honored with the position of Emeritus Professor by Jain Vishva Bharati Institute (Deemed to be University), Ladnun, Rajasthan ( 2016) and by Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University, Udaipur
He has used his newspaper, Rajasthan Patrika, successfully to create an awareness among the masses about the depleting sources of drinking water and environmental and ecological degradation in Rajasthan. In response to his clarion call, hundreds of thousands of people joined the campaign and restored the dried water-sites, tanks and lakes in Rajasthan, M.P. and Chhattisgarh states. His newspaper's campaign to save and harvest rain water has already gained momentum. When famine struck Rajasthan his call for donating a handful of grain (ek mutthi anaaj) inspired millions of children who generously contributed bags of grain which went a long way in saving many lives from starvation. When the nation was struck by calamities like Kargil War and Tsunami, Dr. Kothari mobilized people's support through his paper and soothed the agonized state of the victims.
Other facets of Dr. Kothari’s contribution towards social response were also noted in various fields like—
Tree Plantation Drive [+]
Female Foeticide [+]
Eid and Diwali [+]
Disha Bodh [+]
Contribution to Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution [+]
Honours and Awards [+]
Honorary Posts Held [+]
Participation in and Presentations at various International Conferences [+]
Books Authored [+]