Mahasweta Devi, eminent writer and social activist, passes away in Kolkata


KOLAKATA: Eminent litterateur and social activist Mahasweta Devi has passed away. The writer, who was honoured with the Jnanpith Award in 1996 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2006, had been undergoing treatment at a hospital for about two months. 

The 90-year-old suffered from various ailments and was put on non-invasive ventilation earlier in July after her condition worsened. She passed away at 3.16 p.m. following a cardiac arrest and multi-organ failure," the doctor said.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law and grandchild. Mahasweta Devi`s son pre-deceased her two years ago.