Kolkata: Eminent writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away at a city nursing home on Thursday following prolonged illness, an attending doctor said. She was 90.
 
The Ramon Magsaysay winner is survived by her daughter-in-law and grandchild. Mahasweta Devi’s son pre-deceased her two years ago.
 
Mahasweta Devi was a teacher at Bijoygarh College in 1964 and also worked as a journalist. 
 
Mahasweta was a strong social activist who worked for the tribal people in places like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
“She passed away at 3.16 p.m. following a cardiac arrest and multi-organ failure,” the doctor said.