Eminent writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away at a city nursing home in Kolkata on Thursday following prolonged illness, an attending doctor said. She was 90.
The Ramon Magsaysay winner is survived by her daughter-in-law and grandchild. Mahasweta Devi’s son pre-deceased her two years ago.
India has lost a great writer. Bengal has lost a glorious mother. I have lost a personal guide. Mahashweta Di rest in peace
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“She passed away at 3.16 pm following a cardiac arrest and multi-organ failure,” the doctor said.
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The 90-year-old Ramon Magsaysay awardee was suffering from various ailments and was put on non-invasive ventilation earlier in July after her condition worsened.
The writer, who was honoured with the Jnanpith Award in 1996, was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kolkata for about two