Mahasweta Devi

  • Mamata only ideal candidate for PM, says author Mahasweta Devi January 30, 2014

    Author Mahasweta Devi expressed support for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said in Kolkata on Thursday that she "is the only ideal candidate for prime minister". Addressing a large Trinamool Congress rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds, Devi hailed the party supremo Banerjee's efforts for the welfare of the...
  • Khushwant Singh awarded lifetime achievement award at Mumbai LitFest November 15, 2013

    Renowned Indian writer Khushwant Singh was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Mumbai LitFest 2013 on Friday. The award was received by his close friends Trilochan Sahney and Bir Sahneyon on behalf of the 98year old writer. The award, which carries a citation, silver plaque and cash prize of Rs.500,000, has...
  • Mamata continues targeting section of civil society June 23, 2013

    Kolkata: Continuing her tirade against a section of the civil society which has been deriding her government over the rising crime graph, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused them of taking undue credit for bringing political change in the state. "By participating in a few processions, they claim...
  • Author Mahasweta Devi condemns SFI attack on Mamata April 11, 2013

    Kolkata: Noted writer Mahasweta Devi on Thursday condemned the heckling of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Finance Minister Amit Mitra, saying those who practise such "indecent politics" are alienated from the people. Describing the incident as "extremely unfortunate", the Magsaysay award winner said that this should not have...
  • Writers, film fraternity criticise Mamata govt over Rushdie February 1, 2013

    Kolkata: The literary and film community on February 1 came out in support of controversial author Salman Rushdie and blamed the West Bengal government for cancellation of his visit to the metropolis. "If a worldrenowned writer is unable to come to Kolkata, then it is extremely unfortunate," Magsaysay awardwinning author...
  • Farmer's arrest unfortunate: Mamata's former aide August 13, 2012

    Mahasweta Devi, once a close aide of Mamata Banerjee, said that the West Bengal Chief Minister should be tolerant. ...
  • Mahasweta Devi in film based on her own story June 28, 2012

    Kolkata: Magsaysay award winning writer Mahasweta Devi, many of whose stories have been made into memorable movies, will herself now appear in one being adapted for celluloid. The movie 'Ullas' consists of three stories, all written by the writer, one of which is 'Dour' (run) in which the prominent tribal...
  • Mamata Banerjee's tiff with the city intellectuals May 25, 2012

    Kolkata: The rift between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and one of her most prominent supporters is final. Months after Mahasweta Devi called Mamata's government fascist, she quit as president of Bengal Academy on Thursday after her nominee was rejected for an award. Devi said, "I feel humiliated and...
  • Upset Mahasweta Devi quits post given by Mamata May 24, 2012

    Kolkata: One of West Bengal's biggest intellectuals Mahasweta Devi has quit as the Chairperson of the Bangla Academy, a post that was given to her by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The author and Magsaysay Award winner Mahasweta Devi decided to quit after her proposal to give the prestigious Vidyasagar Award...
  • WB: Mamata's popularity as CM hits a low November 23, 2011

    Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee's government in West Bengal has completed six months, but is already low on the popularity ratings among the civil society. Those who supported her rise to the Chief Minister's post are now questioning what they call a fascist rule. It's been six months since the 'Didi' of...
  • Mahasweta Devi calls TMC a 'fascist' party November 22, 2011

    Kolkata: Noted writer and rights activist Mahasweta Devi, who had actively campaigned for Trinamool Congress in West Bengal Assembly election, on Monday described the government as 'fascist' and alleged it was trying to throttle the people's voices. "The people are denied of their legitimate right to protest and this is nothing...
  • 'Gangor' wins award at CIFF November 19, 2011

    New Delhi: 'Gangor', the first Indo-Italian co-production film and based on a short story by well-known writer Mahasweta Devi, has won a prestigious award at the Cinemanila International Film Festival in Phillipines. The film is produced by Vindo K Wuthoo and Angello Barbagallo in a collaboration between India's Nirvana Motion Pictures...
  • Manna Dey, Mahasweta get 'Banga-Vibhusan' July 28, 2011

    Kolkata: Legendary singer Manna Dey and writer Mahasweta Devi are among the nine luminaries from diverse fields felicitated with the inaugural 'Banga-Vibhusan' award by the West Bengal government Monday. The award is in recognition of their contribution to arts, culture, music and sports. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who presided over the...
  • War against Naxals: Bengali intellectuals in trouble October 7, 2009

    Kolkata: For more than four days now Lalgarh tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato is facing CID interrogation in Kolkata. Mahato faces the charge of waging war against the state with his Maoist links. Meanwhile, the state government's indication that it could also implicate a section of Kolkata-based cultural personalities for supporting...