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Journalist Geeta Mehta, the history writer of Bangladesh’s liberation war, has passed away

Afroza Hossain

Geeta Mehta has written several famous books including ‘Karma Cola’, ‘Snack and Ladders’, ‘A River Sutra’, ‘Raj’, ‘The Eternal Ganesha’.

Geeta Mehta, the elder sister of Naveen Patnaik, the history writer of the great liberation war and Chief Minister of Odisha state of India, has passed away. He died at the age of 80 at his residence in New Delhi, the capital of India, on Saturday due to old age. This information is known from the report of Indian media NDTV.

Geeta Mehta is the daughter of popular Oriya leader Biju Patnaik. He was born in 1943 in Delhi. He has higher education from Cambridge University. Geeta Mehta worked as a war correspondent in the then East Pakistan for American television network NBC in 1970-71. He narrated his experience in the widely acclaimed documentary ‘Dateline Bangladesh’.

Geeta Mehta has written several famous books including ‘Karma Cola’, ‘Snack and Ladders’, ‘A River Sutra’, ‘Raj’, ‘The Eternal Ganesha’.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the death of Geeta Mehta. In a post shared on social media X, Modi said, “I am saddened by the death of noted writer Smt. Geeta Mehta ji.” In 2019, Geeta Mehta made headlines by refusing the Padma Shri award for political reasons. He also mentioned at the time that this award could send the wrong message in the Lok Sabha elections that year. In a statement at that time, he said, “I am grateful that the Government of India has considered me worthy of the Padma Shri.” But it is with great sadness that I will not be able to take this honor.

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