Mahasweta Devi, an Indian writer and activist, was born on January 14th 1926, in Decca, Bangladesh, modern-day Dhaka. Aranyer Adhikar, Hajar Churashir Maa, and Rudali are some of her best-known literary works. She was a left-wing activist who battled for the autonomy and rights of the Indian tribal communities living in West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh (Lodha and Shabar). Apart from the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan, which are India's civilian prizes, she was also awarded multiple literary honors such as the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the Jnanpith Award, and the Sahitya Akademi Award (in Bengali). On July 28th 2016, at the age of 90, she passed away.