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Indian writer & activist Mahasweta Devi’s Birth Anniversary

Indian writer & activist Mahasweta Devi’s Birth Anniversary is on 14 January. She died on 28 July 2016 in Kolkata. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 14 January 1926, she was born to a family of academics and social workers, and activists. Her father, Manish Ghatak, was a renowned author and writer and her mother was a social worker and poet.

Indian writer & activist Mahasweta Devi's Birth Anniversary
Indian writer & activist Mahasweta Devi’s Birth Anniversary

Mahashweta Devi, a writer who became the exalted voice of Tribal communities in India. A productive writer whose acclaimed works combine Hajar Churashir Ma, Rudali, and Aranyer Adhikar, she was also a dedicated activist who got up and struggled for various matters precious to her soul and advocated advantages for many peripheral groups of India. Throughout the mid-1960s, she taught as a professor in a college affiliated with the University of Calcutta, and also served as a journalist and artistic writer.

Mahasweta Devi was an Indian writer in the Bengali language and a social activist. Her distinguished belletristic achievements include Hajar Churashir Maa, Rudali, and Aranyer Adhikar. She was a self-promulgate socialist who fought for the rights and empowerment and to the power given to the tribal bodies of West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh states of India.

In her remarkable career, she has written more further than 100 books and brief stories. Mahasweta Devi scrawled about tribal societies, Maoist revolutionaries, vagabonds, panhandlers as well as hard workers. The writer, who essentially wrote in Bengali, frequently incorporated tribal vernaculars in her achievements, which have been interpreted into many Indian languages and English, Japanese, Italian, French. Mahasweta established up a charitable organization that described offenses against tribes communities to the Indian National Human Rights Commission and struggled against government appropriation of tribal property.

Indian writer Mahasweta Devi's book
Indian writer Mahasweta Devi’s book

For her commitment to the belletristic profession, she earned Sahitya Akademi Award for her novel “Aranyer Adhikar” which was based on Indian tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda, in the year 1979. She received Jnanpith Award in the year 1996, Ramon Magsaysay Award in the year 1997, She was shortlisted for Man Booker International Prize in the year 2009. Later on, she was conferred Padma Shri for social activity in the year 1986, Padma Vibhushan in the year 2006 by the Government of India.