Sushma Swaraj Condoles Death Of Mahasweta Devi Mentioning Wrong Books, Gets Trolled

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3:34 pm 29 Jul, 2016

Expressing condolences on social activist and writer Mahasweta Devi’s demise, Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter but quoted books that were never written by her.


Swaraj mentioned names of two books, ‘Pratham Pratishruti’ and ‘Bakul Katha’. Both these books were not written by Mahasweta Devi but by Ashapurna Devi.

Mahasweta Devi mid-day

Mahasweta Devi mid-day

Though the tweet was deleted, people criticised the minister and posted photos of her deleted tweet and termed it as ‘ignorance’.

This is how people trolled her:

Devi was one of the most decorated writers of the country, with awards such as Sahitya Academi (1979), Padmashri (1986), Jnanpith (1996), Ramon Magsaysay (1997) and Padma Vibhushan (2006).



She has played a significant role to uplift the tribal community of Bengal, especially the Lodha and Shabar communities.

Her most-famous book, Hajar Churashir Maa (Mother No 1084) was based on the mother of a Naxalite and was made into a popular Bollywood movie starring Jaya Bachchan.



Her other famous works include ‘Aranyer Adhikar’, ‘Chotti Munda evam Tar Tir’, “Rudali’, ‘Kulaputra’ and ‘Agnigarbha.’

Films based on her works include Sunghursh (1968), Rudaali (1993), Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998) and Maati Maay (2006).


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