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Mamata pays tribute to Mahashweta Devi on her 93rd birth

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Remembering Mahashweta Devi's contribution towards literature, Chief Minister Monday paid her tribute to the eminent author and social activist on

Banerjee described the 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 on her birth anniversary. In difficult times, she was a true inspiration for me and many others. We miss her," Banerjee tweeted.

"from her literary contributions, her work for the tribals and the downtrodden continues to inspire us," she said.

had lent support to the Trinamool Congress supremo with the call for 'Poriborton' (change) ahead of the Assembly elections in in 2011.

She had also taken an active part in Nandigram agitation and headed the movement against the earlier CPI(M) government's industrial policy.

Born in 1926 in to well-known and Dharitri Devi, also a writer and social worker, she grew up in a political and literary environment.

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.

from her literary work, was also known for her social work for the rights of tribal communities in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Madhya Pradesh.

She was awarded for social work in 1986, in 2006 and Banga Bibhushan in 2011.

Mahashweta Devi passed away in July, 2016.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 10:05 IST