The field of writing in India is such, that is saturated with Bengali writers, but Mahasweta Devi, winner of Sahitya Akademi award, carved her own stone. Her stories dealt with fictional people from the real world. Most of her characters would be migrant labourers, or landless farmers, tribal women and all from the lowest of castes and about their suppression. And all of it did not come from imagination alone. She had met these people in the poorest of villages in Bengal. When the Legendary writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away on Thursday people poured in with condolences.
The people who have read her works, definitely are going to feel the void she has left in the literary world, but even others who get to find about her now and read her, will probably find their new love. Padma Vibhushan Mahasweta Devi who had won the Sahitya Akademi award and Jnanpith award for her literary excellence and the Magasaysay award for her social work, is going to be missed by the world in the times to come. Her famous works include ‘Aranyer Adhikar’, ‘Chotti Munda evam Tar Tir’, ‘Rudali’, ‘Kulaputra’ and ‘Agnigarbha.’
She worked for the empowerment of tribals in the country and was also called as ‘The mother of the Sabars’ because of her work for the welfare of tribal communities especially with the ‘Sabars’, a tribal community in Bengal. Here is how the Twiterrati reacted:
A powerful voice against injustice & inequality.Mahasweta Devi’s words will continue to inspire &educate.Heartfelt condolences on her demise
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) July 28, 2016
India has lost a great writer. Bengal has lost a glorious mother. I have lost a personal guide. Mahashweta Di rest in peace
Rest in peace Mahasweta Devi pic.twitter.com/vMWjn8dz9f
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 28, 2016
My heartfelt condolences over the demise of eminent writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi.
— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) July 28, 2016
Deeply saddened by the demise of eminent litterateur and social activist Mahasweta Devi. Heartfelt condolences to her family & followers.
Her contribution to Indian literature is peerless, Rudali and Hajar Churashir Maa were my personal favorites. May her soul rest in peace.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 28, 2016
RIP Mahasweta Devi . A powerful pen may have fallen silent, but conversation continues.. pic.twitter.com/DLL9wCLGIi
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 28, 2016
The woman who walked with the broken and refused to sit with the ‘great’! Writer Mahasweta Devi passes away in Kolkata. What a life !!!!
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) July 28, 2016
End of an Era.. A loss beyond words. #RIP Mahasweta Devi
— Abhishek Banerjee (@abhishekaitc) July 28, 2016
She published her first book in 1956. It was titled ‘Jhansir Rani’ (The Queen of Jhansi). Hers works like Hazaar Chaurasir Maa, Sunghursh, Gangor, Rudaali and Maati Maay, have inspired many filmmakers and theatre directors all over the world. Hajar Churashir Ma, one of her most favourite novels, based on the Naxalite movement, was made into a film by Govind Nihalani in 1998.