New Delhi: Meera Sanyal, top banker-turned-politician and social worker, died at her residence in Mumbai after losing her battle with cancer, on Friday. She was 57.
She had quitted her post of country chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland before joining the Aam Adami Party. She had also served as the head of corporate finance and ABN Amro’s Asia chief operating officer. She had also published her first book – “The Big Reverse: How Demonetization Knocked India Out” – in November 2018.
Preeti Sharma Menon, who is a member of the AAP executive committee, in her condolence statement statement said: “It is with profound sadness that I share the heart-breaking news that my colleague, my leader, Meera Sanyal is no more. I have never met a more graceful, dignified person and share the deep pain that her family must be going through right now. I pray they have the strength to bear her loss.”
Delhi chief minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and along with deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia also paid tributes to Sanyal. Kejriwal tweeted: “Extremely sad to hear this. No words to express grief.”
Extremely sad to hear this. No words to express... https://t.co/YslA8TddvU— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 11, 2019
Offering his tribute to Sanyal, Sisodia tweeted: “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing away of Meera Sanyal. The country has lost a sharp economic brain and a gentle soul. May she rest in peace! You will forever remain in our hearts.”
I am deeply saddened to hear about— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) January 11, 2019
the passing away of Meera Sanyal.
The country has lost a sharp economic brain and a gentle soul. May she rest in peace!
You will forever remain in our hearts.
Meera Sanyal was born in Kochi, on October 1961, to a highly decorated Navy officer, Gulab Mohanlal Hiranandani, and his wife, Banu Hiranandani. She did her BCom from Mumbai’s Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, in 1982, and MBA from France’s INSEAD, in 1983. She also did an advanced management course from Harvard Business School, in 2006.
She left her 30-year banking career to focus on social service and politics. She contested in the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Mumbai South constituency, but lost to Shiv Sena’s Arvind Ganpat Sawant.
She was battling cancer for the past two years. She is survived by her husband, Ashish Sanyal; daughter, Priyadarshini Sanyal and son, Jai Sanyal.