Mandira Bedi: Actress stirs debate over women’s role at cremations

For the record, Bedi is not the only woman to cremate a loved one. When former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died in August 2018, his adopted daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya did his last rites. In 2014, Pankaja Munde lit the pyre of her father Gopinath Munde, a senior BJP leader in the western state of Maharashtra.