82-yr-old J&K scholar dies on live TV show

Srinagar, September 11: Getting ready for a TV show on Monday morning, Prof Rita Jeetendra (82), a well-known scholar, spoke to the staff of her desire to die with her boots on. Uncannily, minutes later, she was gone — just as she had wished.

Viewers of “Good Morning J&K” telecast by the Doordarshan station here were shocked to see Rita Jeetendra collapse in the middle of a live interview. She was rushed to a hospital but was declared “brought dead”.

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Actor and filmmaker Mushtaq Ali Khan, whose video on the incident went viral on the social media, said, “She had always been an inspiration and I never thought she would go like this… what a way to sign off.”

A former secretary of the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL), Prof Rita Jeetendra wore many hats. She was a writer and social activist and had served as principal of Women’s College, Jammu, Khan said.  Theatre and TV artiste Mohammad Amin Bhat, who anchors “Good Morning J&K”, said Prof Rita Jeetendra, never afraid of taking up a challenge, served as secretary of the JKAACL during turbulent times (1993 to 1995).

“Up and about, she was in Srinagar to take part in a short story reading session organised by the cultural academy,” he said.

A condolence meeting was held at the academy’s office here. Medical Superintendent of SMHS Hospital Dr Saleem Tak was quoted as saying she died of a cardiac arrest “that may have taken place due to heart arrhythmia”.

Source Tribune India