Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday remembered noted litterateur Mahasweta Devi several times while recollecting the days when she had fought against the erstwhile Left Front government against forceful acquisition of land in Singur. The author of “Hazar Churasir Maa” passed away on July 28 after prolonged illness.
Banerjee said that Mahasweta Devi would have been the happiest person today (Wednesday). “She had visited Singur when I was in hunger strike many times,” she said adding that she had extended her full support and backed the movement.
“I can recollect the day when the body of Tapasi Malik was found. Her father came to the dais of hunger strike and the next day Mahasweta Devi came to Singur with Kabir Suman. After that she came to Singur many times to support our movement,” said Banerjee adding that she was recollecting the eminent people today as the movement would not be successful without their support.
The Magsaysay award winner held several meetings with the unwilling farmers. She had inspired the farmers and decided to stand by them. It may be recalled that a veteran CPI(M) leader Binay Konar had said that if the intellectuals made any attempt to visit Singur they would be welcomed by party’s women workers showing their behinds.