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Renowned Indian writer Gita Mehta dies

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Eminent Indian author, filmmaker, and journalist Gita Mehta died at her Delhi residence on Saturday, She was 80. She is survived by her son.

Mehta, a war correspondent for a foreign television channel during 1971, had extensively covered the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh, reports UNB.

Mehta, the elder sister of Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik,  was married to renowned American publisher late Sonny Mehta, who passed away in Manhattan in December 2019 at the age of 77, report Indian media.

In 1979, Gita wrote her first book ‘Karma Cola’, a collection of essays on Indian spirituality and the perception of the Western world about it.

During the years 1970–1971, she was a television war correspondent for the US television network NBC and produced four documentaries.

Her film, a compilation of the Bangladesh revolution, Dateline Bangladesh, was shown in cinemas both in India and abroad.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled her death, with a post on X: "I am saddened by the passing away of noted writer Smt. Gita Mehta Ji. She was a multifaceted personality, known for her intellect and passion towards writing as well as film making. She was also passionate about nature and water conservation. My thoughts are with @Naveen_Odisha Ji and the entire family in this hour of grief. Om Shanti."

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