Google Doodle honours Mahasweta Devi on her 92nd birth anniversary

Google doodle honours author-activist Mahasweta Devi on her 92nd birth anniversary

Hailing from a family of prolific playwrights and writers, Mahasweta Devi wielded the power of the pen to bring to light the plight of "suffering spectators" in our fast-developing country. Devi wrote over 100 novels and over 20 collections of short stories, primarily in Bengali.

Born in 1926, in Decca, British India (Now Dhaka, Bangladesh), Devi graduated in Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English from the Rabindranath Tagore-founded Patha-Bhavana Vishvabharati University in Santiniketan.

Many of her writings and novels spoke extensively about the rights of tribal people in West Bengal.

A long time champion for the political, social and economic rights of the tribal communities, Mahasweta Devi has said that the reason why she writes has evolved over the years. Mahasweta Devi raised her voice several times against the discrimination of tribal people in India. Mahasweta herself made a decision to pursue English literature, gaining a BA and MA degree in thr subject; she taught at a Kolkata college (after trying out various other jobs like working at a post office, selling soaps and letter writing). She had also taken active part in Nandigram agitation and headed the movement against the earlier CPI (Marxist) government's industrial policy.

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"My India still lives behind a curtain of darkness", she had said during her Ramon Magsaysay Award acceptance speech.

She was awarded Padma Shri for social work in 1986, Padma Vibhushan in 2006 and Banga Bibhushan in 2011. Award-winning movies that were inspired by her books include Govind Nihalani's 1998 movie "Hazar Chaurasi ki Ma" and "Kalpana Lajmi Rudali".

The noted author breathed her last in July 2016.

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