Banker turned politician Meera Sanyal passed away battling cancer. In the course of her working career she took to politics after a 30 year banking career. She authored a book on India’s controversial demonetisation issue. Meera Sanyal was respected by people who came to know her for her quest to take risks and experiment with her life and career. Here are ten things to know about Meera Sanyal and what she stood for.

She was the daughter of a Naval officer, late Vice Admiral Gulab Mohanlal Hiranandani.

She was a banker for over 30 years before taking up politics.

In 2011 she was invited by Hilary Clinton to join the International Council of Women Business Leaders.

Meera Sanyal stood was the Aam Aadmi Party candidate in South Mumbai in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. She had earlier contested as an independent candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from the Mumbai South constituency.

On Politics Meera Sanyal said:

The magic of AAP is in the people it attracts – and the selflessness with which they work.

The camaraderie and enthusiasm with which volunteers got the Aam Aurat and Aam Aadmi to sing and dance to the catchy campaign theme song, had to be experienced to be believed.

On returning to RBS post standing for elections, she noted:

I learnt a great deal during my campaign for the LS. In terms of lessons I would like to quote one of our great leaders Rajgopalachari (Rajaji)who urged every educated Indian to be political – that does not mean that we should be politicians, but take active interest and participate in the political process as citizens !

She said so on her blog.

On Work-Life balance, she said:

I believe balance in all aspects of life is important ! For myself, I try and segregate work and home life completely. Also have other interests which helps provide perspective and constant learning.

On Education, she said:

We need to enter life with specific skills and not an MBA

On India and China Economies, she said:

China has the “hardware” and India has the “software”.

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