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Google celebrates Indian writer Mahasweta Devi's 92nd birth anniversary with a sketch doodle
The internet search engine and technology giant Google has paid tribute to Indian writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi on her 92nd birth anniversary on January 14.

The noted writer had passed away on 28 July, 2016 at the ripe age of 90. On her death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tweeted: "Mahashweta Devi wonderfully illustrated the might of the pen. A voice of compassion, equality & justice, she leaves us deeply saddened. RIP."

The sketch doodle on the homepage of Google shows the writer's sketch at the place of second 'o' of Google's logo with the rest of the letters arranged in a semi-circle around the sketch. Up above the logo and sketch, the faces of tribal men and women have been shown. The lower portion of Google depicts the iconic bridge of Kolkata.

Mahasweta Devi, born on January 14, 1926, was an Indian Bengali fiction writer as well a social activist who stood for women empowerment, social equity for tribals and gender equity. After her studies, she worked in a post office but was thrown out for her communist leaning and activism.

Her most notable literary works consisted of books like Hajar Churashir Maa, Rudali, and Aranyer Adhikar. For her excellent writings in Bengai, she was honoured with various literary awards such as the Sahitya Akademi Award, Jnanpith Award and Ramon Magsaysay Award.

Besides these awards, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan civilian awards.

In one of her addresses, she had brought out the glaring social inequity in the following words: "Sixty years after our hard-won Independence, the khadi sari is India just as the mini skirt and the backless choli is. A bullock cart is India just as much as is the latest Toyota or Mercedes car. Illiteracy haunts us, yet the same India produces men and women at the forefront of medicine, science and technology. Eight-year-old children toil mercilessly, facing unimaginable working conditions and abuse as child labourers. That is India. On the other hand, there is another lot of eight-year-olds who spend their time in air-conditioned classrooms and call their mothers at lunch break using their personal mobile phones. That too is India. Satyam Shivam Sundaram is India. Choli ke peechchey kya hai is also India. The multiplex and the mega mall are India. The snake charmer and the maharishi — they too are India. "

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