President, Vice-President condole death of Mahasweta Devi

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Thursday condoled the passing away of eminent writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi.

In a message to Mahasweta Devi’s grandson Tathagata Bhattacharya, the President said: “I am sad to learn about the passing away of acclaimed writer and social activist, Mahasweta Devi, who enriched Bengali literature through her prolific writing and unique style.”

The President said that Mahasweta Devi was a powerful voice against all forms of oppression and injustice. “Her writings reflected the life of downtrodden and her voice was seen as the collective conscience of society reflecting its yearning for justice and equality.”

“In her death, India has lost a creative genius who contributed immensely to literature and social change. But her works will remain forever inspiring the people to strive to build a better India.” the President said.

He urged Bhattacharya to accept his heartfelt condolences and said to convey his message to the rest of the family members. “I pray to the Almighty to give you and other members of the family strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss.”

In a statement, Vice-President Hamid Ansari said, “I am deeply grieved to hear about the passing away of acclaimed writer and activist Mahasweta Devi.”

“She will be remembered for her popular stories that sought to raise awareness about social injustice, discrimination, poverty and the plight of the marginalised people in our country,” the Vice-President added.

“I offer my heartfelt condolences to her family members and pray for the eternal peace to the departed soul.”

Mahasweta Devi, a crusader for the rights of tribals and the oppressed, died at a nursing home in Kolkata following a cardiac arrest and multi-organ failure on Thursday. She was 90.

–IANS

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