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Author Mahasweta Devi resigns from Bangla Academy

May 24, 2012 11:28 IST

Noted writer and human rights activist Mahasweta Devi has resigned as the chairperson of the Bangla Academy.

The Magsaysay Award-winner decided to step down after expressing her disagreement with the government about some of the recipients of the state's prestigious literature awards.

Mahasweta Devi had been a vociferous supporter of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when the Trinamool Congress stormed to power last year.

But since then, she has criticised the CM and her government over a variety of issues.

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