Nayantara Sahgal is an Indian writer and author, who has also worked as a journalist and political commentator. The Caravan She is known for her outspoken views.She belongs to an illustrious political family – the Nehru-Gandhi family; however, in an interview, Nayantara claimed that she belongs only to the Nehru family. ITV India.Nayantara Sahgal grew up with her first cousin, Indira Gandhi, in Anand Bhawan, the residence of the Nehru family in Allahabad. The Caravan Nayantara Sahgal (left) with Indira Gandhi (right) – Picture from Nayantara Pandit’s wedding to her first husband, Gautam Sahgal, in Allahabad in 1949.Nayantara’s mother was the first Indian woman to hold a cabinet post in the pre-independence India and become an ambassador to the United Nations. The Print.Nayantara considered Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru her father figure after her father, Ranjit Sitaram Pandit, died during his fourth imprisonment. Indian Cultural Forum.A picture of Nayantara went viral in which she was greeting her uncle, Jawaharlal Nehru, with a peck on his cheek when he reached the London airport. Aaj Tak Reportedly, it was falsely claimed that Jawaharlal Nehru was being greeted by some British woman; however, the picture was declared to be fake by media outlets. Aaj Tak.She was fascinated with the famous Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi. The Hindu.In an interview, Nayantara expressed her thoughts on ‘Hindutva’ and said that she believed that the term ‘Hindutva’ had twisted and divided Hinduism from other religions instead of binding all of them together, Hindustan Times and that was the reason she did not adopt any kind of religious identity post-independence. Hindustan Times Nayantara added, I refused a religious identity when we attained Independence because we’re a deeply religious country with many religions. My problem is with Hindutva because I’m a Hindu myself and it makes me sad that the Hindutva mentality has divided us into Hindus and others. Hindutva is a complete distortion of Hinduism.” Hindustan Times.Reportedly, Nayantara immensely fell in love with E.N. Mangat Rai, an ICS Officer The Hindu while Nayantara and Gautam Sahgal were still together. The Hindu.In an interview, Nayantara revealed that she couldn’t adjust to the marriage with Gautam Sahgal as there were many differences between them due to different backgrounds. ITV India.