Google pays tribute to author Mahasweta Devi via doodle

Joann Johnston
January 14, 2018

Search engine Google on Sunday celebrated the 92nd birth anniversary of notable writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi.

As an author, Mahasweta Devi penned over 100 novels and 20 collections of short stories. Educated in Dhaka prior to India's independence, Mahasweta went on to study in Santiniketan and got her B.A from Visva-Bharati University and M.A in English from Calcutta University.

Google often pays tribute to eminent personalities or reminds us of important days via its colourful doodle.

Apart from her literary work, Devi was also known for her social work for the rights of tribal communities in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

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"The reason and inspiration for my writing are those people who are exploited and used, and yet do not accept defeat", she once said. After her studies, she worked in a post office but was thrown out for her communist leaning and activism. Devi won the Sahitya Akademi award (1979), the Padma Shree (1986), the Jnanpith (1997), the Magsaysay award (1997) and the Deshikottam award in 1999. In 2007, she was the leading voice to protest against the killing of 14 people by West Bengal police who were protesting against a proposal by the Left Front government of the state to set up a chemical hub at Nandigram. She had said, "My India still lives behind a curtain of darkness". Regarded among South Asia's most decorated authors, she was also honoured with Padmashri and Padma Vibhushan.

Her novels were turned into award-winning movies like Govind Nihalani's 1998 movie Hazar Chaurasi Ki Ma and Kalpana Lajmi's Rudali.

The noted author breathed her last in July 2016.

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