One of India’s most-renowned authors, Mahasweta Devi, died in a Kolkata hospital on Thursday. She was 90.
The writer left behind a rich literary legacy that spanned more than half a century. Politicians to cine stars and authors mourned her death.
Here’s how prominent personalities reacted on Twitter.
India has lost a great writer. Bengal has lost a glorious mother. I have lost a personal guide. Mahashweta Di rest in peace— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 28, 2016
My late father & Mahesweta Devi go back 50yrs.As head of OUP he published her early work. As kids she always insisted we call her 'Aunty'— Derek O'Brien (@quizderek) July 28, 2016
A powerful voice against injustice & inequality.Mahasweta Devi's words will continue to inspire &educate.Heartfelt condolences on her demise— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) July 28, 2016
My heartfelt condolences over the demise of eminent writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi.— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) July 28, 2016
Deeply saddened by the demise of eminent litterateur and social activist Mahasweta Devi. Heartfelt condolences to her family & followers.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 28, 2016
Mahasweta Devi will live on in her powerful writing....she showed me feminine means strong....RIP https://t.co/JQjxVh3i9x— Sonali Bendre Behl (@iamsonalibendre) July 28, 2016
RIP Mahasweta Devi. A terrible loss for literature. A great writer and extraordinary activist; a woman with a warm, generous heart.— Amitav Ghosh (@GhoshAmitav) July 28, 2016
Heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of the great Mahasweta Devi. She will continue to inspire us to fight against injustice & inequality— Maneka Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) July 28, 2016
Mahasweta Devi died. Stood by me during my bad times. The socially committed writer was later involved with TMC & wanted to see Mamta as PM.— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) July 28, 2016
Sad to hear that eminent writer & activist Mahasweta Devi is no more. Her versatile literary & social contributions are eternal. RIP.— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) July 28, 2016
RIP Mahasweta Devi. What a long, remarkable, engaged life of writing and doing. https://t.co/a197vGfAur— Patrick French (@PatrickFrench) July 28, 2016
Naveen Kishore's conversation with Mahasweta Devi: https://t.co/zagElv9nEI— Salil Tripathi (@saliltripathi) July 28, 2016
The woman who walked with the broken and refused to sit with the 'great'! Writer Mahasweta Devi passes away in Kolkata. What a life !!!!— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) July 28, 2016