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Mahasweta Devi, noted writer, activist dies after prolonged illness

Mahasweta Devi was a vocal critic of the industrial policy of the Left government which ruled West Bengal for over three decades. She had led a march of intellectuals and writers against their land acquisition policy

Noted writer and activist Mahasweta Devi passed away in Kolkata on Thursday . She was 90. Mahasweta Devi suffered a massive heart attack  while she was undergoing  treatment in a hospital on 23 July.

Mahasweta Devi was a recipient  of several literary prizes including Jnanpith and  Sahitya Academy award.  She was also bestowed with the Padma Vibhushan and the Ramon Magsaysay award, which is considered as Asia’s Nobel Prize.

Devi had been undergoing treatment at Kolkata’s Belle Vue Clinic for the past two months. Doctors said she had been admitted with illnesses related to old age.

Her condidtion had deteriorated as a result of  infection and kidney failure.

She was also noted for her activism and political positions.

Devi was a vocal critic of the industrial policy of the Left government which ruled West Bengal for over three decades. She had led a march of intellectuals and  writers against their land acquisition policy

Her biography ‘Queen of Jhansi’ is translated into many languages including English. ‘Hazar Churashir Maa’, ‘Aranyer Adhikar’, ‘Agnigarbha’, ‘Bitter Soil’, ‘Chotti Munda evam Tar Tir’, ‘Imaginary Maps’, ‘Our Non-Veg Cow’, ‘Dust on the Road’ are some of her major works.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has condoled the death of Mahasweta Devi. She said with her death, Bengal has lost a great mother.

 

Mahasweta Devi was born in 1926 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her father, Manish Ghatak, was a well-known poet and novelist.

Manish Ghatak was the brother of renowned film maker Ritwik Ghatak.  Devi’s mother, Dharitri Dev was also a writer of repute. She started her education in Dhaka and later moved to Kolkata. She graduated from Shantiniketan and took her Masters in English from Calcutta University. She started her career as a college lecturer in Kolkatta.

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