Published On: Thu, Jul 28th, 2016

Mahesweta Devi passes away at 91

DEVIKolkata: Eminent author and social activist Mahesweta Devi, whose writings focused on the marginalised communities in the country and served as the voice of the oppressed, died here today after a multi-organ failure.

P. Tandon, CEO of Belle Vue nursing home, where she was admitted since May 22, said she was suffering from multi-organ failure and died at 3.16 PM. She suffered a cardiac arrest following the multi-organ failure.

“Her condition deteriorated at 3 PM. We tried our level best, but suddenly her condition became very bad and at 3.16 PM she passed away,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his condolences tweeted “Mahashweta Devi wonderfully illustrated the might of the pen. A voice of compassion, equality & justice, she leaves us deeply saddened. RIP” @NarendraModi

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled by tweeting “India has lost a great writer. Bengal has lost a glorious mother. I have lost a personal guide. Mahashweta Di rest in peace”. @MamataOfficial

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted “Saddened by demise of noted litterateur, social activist Mahasweta Devi. Irreparable loss for Indian literature. RIP” @Naveen_Odisha

Eminent socio-political leader & Chairman of Smt. Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust (SNSMT) tweeted “A great litterateur has left us. RIP. Nandini Devi & Mahesweta Devi were good friends. This is a personal loss” @SuparnoSatpathy

Awarded the Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith awards for literary excellence, Mahesweta Devi helped tribals and the rural dispossessed in organising themselves in groups so that they could take up development activities in their own areas.

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