Journalist Par Excellence, Sunil Jain Passes Away

In an unfortunate incident, the Managing Editor of Financial Express Sunil Jain passed away on Saturday after battling COVID-19 for a few weeks. On May 3, Sunil Jain was admitted to AIIMS in Delhi and treatment turned futile causing severity in complications. Just two days before his hospitalization, on May 1, he tweeted about his deteriorating health.

The tragic news has been first shared on Twitter by Sunil Jain’s sister Sandhya Jain. “We lost my brother Sunil Jain this evening to Covid+its complications. Doctors+staff at AIIMS battled heroically, but the demon was too powerful. May Tirthankaras guide his onward journey; deep gratitude to all who stood by us in these darkest days @drharshvardhan @rajivtuli69,” she wrote.

Sunil Jain tweeted on May 1 – “I have been battling with 85+ levels for a week — mostly 88-90 — and each time that happens, 8-9 times a day, I do Pronal Breathing. Doctors want to avoid hospital because there is no space, so this is the only way Very scary, especially at night, so helps if someone next to you”

Soon after the news of his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweetd his condolences,  “You left us too soon, Sunil Jain. I will miss reading your columns and hearing your frank as well as insightful views on diverse matters. You leave behind an inspiring range of work. Journalism is poorer today, with your sad demise. Condolences to family and friends. Om Shanti.”

Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal also expressed his condolences. “Very saddened to hear that senior journalist Sunil Jain, the editor of Financial Express, has passed away. He was an inspiration & somebody who inspired a generation of journalists. Deepest condolences to his family,” he said.

The supreme journalist’s utterly premature departure leaves an irreparable void in Indian journalism and the nation certainly lost a highly talented analyst. Sunil did a Master’s in economics from the Delhi School of Economics. He is eminently known for authoring an immensely popular column titled Rational Expectations that professional economists, policymakers, business leaders and students of economics used to read with profound interest.

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