Eminent litterateur and social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away in Kolkata.
About Mahasweta Devi
1. She was born into a family of literary figures in Dhaka in 1926. In a literary career spanning over half-a-century, she wrote over 120 books.
2. Wife of one of Bengal’s most prolific playwrights and litterateurs, Bijon Bhattacharya, the activist-writer grew up in the family of Bengal’s leading writers, poets and filmmakers. Filmmaker Ritwick Ghatak was her uncle.
3. Influenced by the Communist movement of the 1940s, she chose to work among the poorest of the poor in the tribal areas of southern West Bengal and in other parts of the country.
4. Mahasweta Devi was a colossal figure in Bengali literature and a respected social activist who lent her voice to the poor. She played a significant role to uplift the extremely backward community, Kheria Sabar.
5. She was honoured with the Sahitya Akademi, Jnanpith and the Magsaysay awards.
Views of eminent personalities on Mahasweta Devi
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described the author as “her guardian” and said: “India has lost a great writer.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said she “wonderfully illustrated the might of the pen.” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi described her as a “powerful voice against injustice and inequality.”