After battling with cancer for two years, banker-turned-politician Meera Sanyal, passed away at her residence in Mumbai on Friday, 11 January.
The 57-year-old, who quit as the chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland in 2013, joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and was a member of its National Executive Committee.
However, before joining politics, Kochi-born Sanyal spent 30 years in banking. She also served as the head of corporate finance and chief operating officer for ABN AMRO for Asia and was a Harvard Business School alumnus.
In 2014, she fought Lok Sabha polls from south Mumbai against Congress’s Milind Deora on an AAP ticket but lost.
The Poorest Suffered the Most From Demonetisation: Meera Sanyal
Sanyal’s View on Demonetisation
After the demonetisation announcement by the Modi government, Sanyal wrote a book ‘The Big Reverse: How Demonetization Knocked India Out’ criticising the move with details of its impact on citizens.
Speaking to The Quint in an earlier interview, she had pointed out that the Government’s intentions of tackling black money through demonetisation have failed completely.
“It didn’t tackle black money. Didn’t tackle corruption. These were great intentions but demonetisation hasn’t worked in the past and it hasn’t worked this time,” Sanyal had said.
Tributes and condolences poured in on twitter after the news of her death. AAP’s chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also expressed his grief in his tweet.
(With inputs from PTI and The Hindu)
AAP Member and Former Banker Meera Sanyal Passes Away at 57