Google Doodle honours Mahasweta Devi on her 92nd birth anniversary

Google Doodle salutes writer-activist Mahasweta Devi on her 92nd birthday

Google Doodles today paid tribute to eminent Bengali writer-activist Mahasweta Devi on her 92nd birth anniversary with a doodle depicting her contribution to literature and her work with the tribal community.

A writer of eminence, Mahasweta Devi was bestowed with Ramon Magsaysay award.

Devi, who won the the Sahitya Akademi award in 1979, wrote 100 novels and 20 collection of short stories. The Padma Vibhushan awardee was best known for her works including "Hajar Churashir Maa", "Chotti Munda Evam Tar Tir", "Rudali", and "Jhansir Rani".

Born in 1926, Decca, British India (Now Dhaka, Bangladesh), she graduated with an Honours degree in English from Patha-Bhavana Vishvabharati University in Santiniketan and completed her Master's in English from Calcutta University.

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A social activist, Mahasweta Devi worked for the rights and empowerment of the tribal people (Lodha and Shabar) of West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states of India.

Devi was known not just for her writing but also for dedicating her life for the welfare of tribals across India. The author has also raised her voice against the forcible acquisition of land in Singur and Nandigram. Several of her works have been adapted in films over the years. She had said, "My India still lives behind a curtain of darkness". "When you see women in Argentina protesting restrictions by breastfeeding in public, you remember Mahasweta's Gangor, the young tribal mother who was horribly tormented by the police because someone took a photo of her breastfeeding her baby and published it", she wrote.

The noted author breathed her last in July 2016.

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