Eminent Writer And Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik’s Sister, Gita Mehta, Passes Away At 80

Renowned author Gita Mehta passed away on Sunday at the age of 80. Born in Odisha, Gita Mehta was the daughter of veteran politician Biju Patnaik and sister to Odisha’s current Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik. Born in the year 1943 in New Delhi to Biju and Gyan Patnaik, Gita Mehta embarked on a remarkable journey that spanned continents and intellectual pursuits. She pursued her education both in India and at the prestigious University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Eminent author, documentary film maker and journalist Gita Mehta passed away in Delhi earlier today.

She was the elder sister of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and was married to renowned American publisher late Sonny Mehta. pic.twitter.com/jhGmNw2VwZ

— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) September 16, 2023

Throughout her illustrious career, Gita Mehta penned several notable books, including "Karma Cola," "Snakes and Ladders," "A River Sutra," "Raj," and "The Eternal Ganesha." Her literary creations delved into diverse themes and exhibited a profound understanding of the human psyche.

In 2019, Gita Mehta’s contributions to the world of literature and education were honored by the Indian government when she was awarded the Padma Shri. , India’s fourth-highest civilian honour. However, she declined this prestigious accolade citing political reasons.

Gita Mehta’s creative talents extended beyond the realm of writing. She embarked on ventures in television, producing and directing a notable portfolio of at least 14 television documentaries that aired on prominent networks in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. 

Furthermore, Gita Mehta ventured into journalism, working as a television journalist for the esteemed US network NBC.

As news of her demise spreads, tributes from fellow authors, intellectuals, and admirers are pouring in, reflecting the profound impact she had on the literary and cultural landscape of India and the world. 

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