Google on Sunday paid tribute to one of modern India’s erudite writers and social activists, Mahasweta Devi, on her 92nd birth anniversary with a doodle showing the scholar’s love for literature and her work for the welfare of tribals.
Born in 1926 in Decca, Mahasweta Devi wrote over 100 novels and her first was based on the biography of Rani Ki Jhansi, which was published in 1956. Some of her famous works include ‘Hajar Churashir Ma’ (Mother of 1084), ‘Aranyer Adhikar’ (Right to the Forest), ‘Agnigarbha’ (The Fire Within), ‘Rudali’, ‘Sidhu Kanhur Daakey’.
Mahasweta Devi committed her life to the empowerment of tribals in the country and also raised issues concerning the apathy of common people in rural Bengal. The author has also raised her voice against the forcible acquisition of land in Singur and Nandigram. She once said, “My India still lives behind a curtain of darkness”.
Her novels were turned into award-winning movies like Govind Nihalani’s 1998 movie Hazar Chaurasi Ki Ma and Kalpana Lajmi’s Rudali. She has bagged several awards for her exemplary literary work.
Mahasweta Devi was bestowed with Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award, for her contribution to literature. She has also been honored with Ramon Magsaysay, Sahitya Akademi, and Jnanpith awards.
The noted author breathed her last in July 2016.