Remembering Mahashweta Devi's contribution towards literature, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday paid her tribute to the eminent author and social activist on her 93rd birth anniversary.
Banerjee described the Padma Vibhushan awardee, who is best known for her works including "Hajar Churashir Maa", "Chotti Munda Evam Tar Tir", "Rudali", and "Jhansir Rani", as her true inspiration along with others.
"Fondly remembering Mahashweta Di on her birth anniversary. In difficult times, she was a true inspiration for me and many others. We miss her," Banerjee tweeted.
"Apart from her literary contributions, her work for the tribals and the downtrodden continues to inspire us," she said.
She had also taken an active part in Nandigram agitation and headed the movement against the earlier CPI(M) government's industrial policy.
Mahashweta Devi received Sahitya Akademi Award for "Aranyer Adhikar" in 1979 for her work in the literary field, and in 1996 she was awarded with the Jnanpith.
She was honoured with the Ramon Magsaysay Award the next year and was shortlisted for Man Booker International Prize in 2009.
Mahashweta Devi passed away in July, 2016.
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