The Eminent Indian litterateur and social activist Mahasweta Devi died on Thursday (28th July), at the age of 90 years. She had suffered a major heart attack, following the multi-organ failure on July 23.
She was a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, Jnanpith, Padma Vibhushan, Jnanpith and Magsaysay Award, among several others. Her notable literary works include Hajar Chaurashir Maa, Breast Stories, and Tin Korir Sadh, among many others. Several of her works have also been adapted in films over the years.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condole her death and said the country has lost a great writer. "India has lost a great writer. Bengal has lost a glorious mother. I have lost a personal guide. Mahashweta Di rest in peace", she tweeted.
The leading Bengali fiction writer was known for her contribution towards the welfare of tribal people. Over the years, she had helped Indian tribals and the rural dispossessed in organising themselves in groups so that they could take up development activities in their own areas.