New Delhi: Today's the 92nd anniversary of Bengali fiction writer & social activist Mahasweta Devi. Devi wrote 100 novels & 20 collection of short movies. She won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1979. She was born in Bengal in 1926. Her father Manish Ghatak was well known poet & writer & her mother Dharitri Devi was also a writer & social worker. The author completed her graduation in Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in English from the Rabindranath Tagore-founded Patha-Bhavana Vishvabharati University in Santiniketan. She also completed her Master's in English from Calcutta University. Devi was best known for her work "Jhansi Rani", "Hajar Churashir Ma", "Rudali", & "Chotti Munda Evam Tar Tir".
For "compassionate crusade through art & activism to claim for tribal peoples a just & honourable place in India's national life." she awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay ward in journalism, literature, & the creative communication arts, in 1997. She is well known for her movement for the rights & empowerment for the tribal people from West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh.
French Government awarded her with the prestigious Ordre Des Arts et Letters (Orders Of Arts & Letters) for her contributions to the arts & literature in 2003. 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 in 2007. She diet at the age of 90 in Kolkata. She suffered from diabetes, septicaemia & urinary infection. Devi died of multiple organ failure on 28th July 2016.
She got many awards which includes "Padma Shri" (1986), Padma Vibhushan (2006), SAARC Literary Award (2007), Banga Bibhushan (2011), & many more. Google Doodle honored Mahasweta Devi on her 92nd birthday.