Legendary author Mahasweta Devi breathed her last on Thursday after a long struggle with illness in a hospital.
The 90-year-old fiesty author Mahasweta Devi stood for so many things. Yes, her pen rose in support of the oppressed and discriminated – especially the dalits and tribals. She also stood for women’s rights, for standing true to one’s beliefs, for not being swept away by ideologies and working for real issues of people, for the literary prowess of Bengal, for the power of a written word and so much more.
When the whole of Bengal was divided into left and right, she chose to stay aloof and had maintained her unique position and chose to comment on the atrocities based on cast , creed and the excesses of the establishment. She had divorced her husband at a time when it was a taboo, unless you had probably had a violent marriage. She struggled for her daily existence, before she could make a career out of writing.
Recipient of Ramon Magasasay Award in literature, Her characters are as fieresome as she was. Many of her works, especially short stories were translated into other Indian. SHe was by far a living legend and an icon of Indian woman