Kolkata: Renowned author and social activist Mahasweta Devi who was admitted at a private hospital under critical conditions and was on ventillation passed away on Thursday at age 90.
Creator of ‘Hajar Churasir Ma’ passed away at 3:16 pm on Thursday at a private hospital in Minto Park. She was admitted in the hospital since May 22. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is already on her way to Kolkata after cutting short her tour.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted :
“ India has lost a great writer. Bengal has lost a glorious mother. I have lost a personal guide. Mahashweta Di rest in peace “
The ninety year old recipient of Padma Vibhushan and Jnanpith award had been admitted at Belle Vue Clinic in central Kolkata more than a month ago with age related ailments. But her condition became critical after she suffered kidney disorder and blood infection.
According to doctors attending on her, she had shown some response to the treatment but remained to be critical. Earlier, this year, Mahasweta Devi had undergone treatment at the same hospital and was released after her condition improved.
But her health worsened on Thursday and finally she passed away on Thursday. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee is already on his way to Belle Vue. Sports Minister Aroop Biswas has already reached the hospital.
Mahasweta Devi was recently spearheading the movement against the industrial policy of the government of West Bengal, the state of her domicile. Specifically, she stridently criticized confiscation of large tracts of fertile agricultural land from farmers by the government and ceding the land to industrial houses at throwaway prices. She connected the policy to the commercialization of Santiniketan of Rabindranath Tagore, where she spent her formative years. Her lead resulted in a number of intellectuals, artists, writers and theatre workers joining together in protest of the controversial policy and particularly its implementation in Singur and Nandigram. She was a supporter of Budhan Theatre – the theatre group of Chhara Denotified Tribals of Gujarat.