Born in 1925 at Dera Ghazi Khan (Pakistan), Girja Kumar is a veteran research scholar. Founder of the Sapru House library, he held many important positions including chairman of the Delhi Library Board (1985-86) and president of the Indian Library Association (1983-85). He retired as chief librarian of the Jawaharlal Nehru University library in 1985. His world has been one of books. While his book Brahmacharya, Gandhi and His Women Associates remained AP and Yahoo bestsellers for several months, his books Censorship and Education, Arrogance of Intellectual Power, and The Book on Trial, Fundamentalism and Censorship in India were also received well. He was also associated with several national publications and wrote regularly for The Indian Express (1975-79) and The Week (1984-87) as a book critic.