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.
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:
— Joydip Chaudhuri (@joydip18) July 29, 2016
Dear Sushma Swaraj, you tweeted some phrases in Mahasweta Devi’s memory that were not only banal but inaccurate…. https://t.co/X632YtLKOxAdvertisement
— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) July 28, 2016
Dear @SushmaSwaraj. Mahasweta Devi & Ashapunra Devi are Bengal’s pride. Ignorance is not always a bliss.
— Aparna Bhattacharya (@chhuti_is) July 28, 2016
— Reshmi Dasgupta (@ReshmiDG) July 28, 2016
@SushmaSwaraj None of these are written by Mahasweta Devi. Confusing with Ashapurna Devi. Change ur script writer. Shame!
— Debasish chakraborty (@debuganashakti) July 28, 2016
BAKUL KATHA novel is written by Aashapurna devi.not by mahashweta devi. Kindly note sushma ji. pic.twitter.com/m9o720RKxR
— pramilasharma (@pramilasharma20) July 29, 2016
Sushma Swaraj ‘Develops’ Ashapoorna Devi’s Bakul Katha & Prothom Pratisruti into Mahashweta Devi’s writings! pic.twitter.com/5MIEKi1ASu
— Samar (@Samar_Anarya) July 29, 2016
— LEENA (@kunfaaya) July 29, 2016
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).