Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi, whose story Pterodactyl is set in Abujmarh, in Chhattisgarh

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A librarian of the Sahitya Akademi Library shows a book written by Mahashweta Devi, in New Delhi.

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A man cries near the body of writer and social activist Mahashweta Devi in Kolkata.

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Mahasweta Devi delivers the keynote address during the opening of Jaipur Literature Festival.

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Wednesday February 13, 2008
(From Left) Outlook Editor-in-Chief Vinod Mehta, writer Arundhati Roy, playwright and actor Girish Karnad and writer Mahasweta Devi during a press conference of the Forum for the Protection of Free Speech and Expression in support of Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo

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Wednesday 25 January
As usual, the debate rages on: Is it time to do away with Padma awards? The list of awardees is up to 106 from 96 last year and 86 in 2004. Sania Mirza got a Padma Shri. No one got the Bharat Ratna, the highest honour, for a second consecutive year but among the nine conferred with the second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibushan, were included names that none would disagree with: Film Director Adoor Gopalakrishnan, renowned author Mahasveta Devi and noted social worker Nirmala Deshpande.