Rights outfit sacks writer Mahasweta Devi for U-turn on Mamata


In an unprecedented move, Dodichi Human Rights Organisation on Sunday removed noted litterateur Mahasweta Devi from the post of the president of the outfit for her "double-speak" about Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

On Saturday, Mahasweta Devi, who had recently criticised Mamata Banerjee government and even termed it as a fascist regime, showered praises on her and called her government "a government in real sense working for the welfare of the poor".

Speaking at the Mati Utsav at Panagarh, the Magsaysay award winner said Mamata will keep her promises made to the people, which the Left Front leaders "failed to fulfill".

Announcing her removal from the post, the director of Dodichi Human Rights Organisation, Shyamal Roy, said: "We condemn her outlook and that is why we removed her from the post," and added her sudden praise for Mamata is seen as indulging in "double-speak and this will not be tolerated". "We will give her the official letter by tomorrow or day after tomorrow," Roy added.

Mahasweta Devi was elected as the president of the outfit in January 2012. She had backed Trinamool chief during Nandigram and Singur movements and in the last Assembly polls. However, the relations between the two soured. Recently, CM visited her residence before the latter's birthday.

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