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Gita Mehta has declined Padma Shri, country’s fourth highest civilian award

Bhubaneswar :26/1/19: Gita Mehta, author and sister of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, has declined Padma Shri, country’s fourth highest civilian award, stating that it could cause embarrassment for the government for the timing of selection.

“I am deeply honoured that the Government of India should think me worthy of a Padma Shri but with great regret I feel I must decline as there is a general election looming and the timing of the award might be misconstrued, causing embarrassment both to the government and myself, which I would much regret,” said Ms Mehta in a statement.

She was selected for Padma Shri in the category of literature and education. Ms. Mehta, daughter of legendary leader late Biju Patnaik, is a US citizen. She has written Karma cola, a non-fiction book, A River Sutra, a collection of stories and Raj, a novel.

Biju Janata Dal, headed by his brother Mr. Patnaik, has been maintaining equidistance from Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party. Congress President Rahul Gandhi here on Friday accused the BJD government of being junior partner of BJP-led government at Centre. It is alleged that BJP was trying to woo the regional party in Odisha as the saffron party could require its support in government formation in the event of split verdict in forthcoming general election.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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