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    Let us pay our respects to Mahasweta Devi.

    Today is the 92nd. birth anniversary of Mahasweta Devi of West Bengal who is a writer and social activist. The Google honored her today by creating a doodle on her. As a social activist, she fought for the rights of the tribal people. She lead the movement against the industrial policy of the CPM Government of West Bengal when it was in power. She was against the policy of acquiring the land forcibly from the farmers and handing over them to industries at throwaway prices.
    Mahasweta Devi is a writer of prominence. She wrote more than 100 novels. Her novel "Aranyer Adhikar" bagged the Sahitya Academy Award for Bengali in 1979. She received the "Jnanpith Award" in 1996 and "Ramon Magsaysay Award"1997. The Government of India honored her with"Padma Vibhushan" award in 2006. Let us all pay our respects to this great lady who was a writer and social activist.
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    Thanks to the author for introducing another famous personality in this Forum section. Mahasweta Devi, a writer and a social activist of West Bengal is honoured by Google today on his 92nd birthday by creating a doodle on her. We all should pay respects to the great personality for her dedicated work in the fields of iterati=ure and social upliftment. My salutations to her.
    always confident

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    Mahashweta Devi was born in an illustrious Bengali family. Her father Manish Ghatak was a very famous Bengali writer. He used to write in the pen-name of 'Jubanashwa''. His uncle was a famous film director, Rittwick Ghatak, who was considered the second-best film director of India after Satyajit Ray. Mahashweta Devi was attracted to Marxist ideology since her early youth and joined leftist intellectual movement from a very early age.

    We know about her famous books like ''Aranyer Adhikar'', ''Hajar Churashir Maa'' and 'Jhansir Rani'. But very few of us know about her social service. After an unsuccessful conjugal life with famous theatre personality, Bijon Bhattacharya and her disenchantment with leftist movements, she worked almost alone for the upliftment of tribal people of Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa. After the untimely death of her only son Nabarun, she almost left her Kolkata residence and started living with Shabar and Lodha tribes of West Bengal. She started education movement among the Shabars and Lodhas. She used to chain-smoke bidis and fight with every authority for the sake of the poorest of poor among tribals.

    Although she did not believe in the existence of God, I pray to God for her eternal peace. She was not a hypocrite like today's Marxists.

    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

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