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PM condoles demise of noted litterateur Indira Goswami

New Delhi , Tue, 29 Nov 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Nov. 29 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled the passing away of acclaimed Assamese litterateur Indira Goswami.


In a condolence message to the litterateur's brother Satyabrata Goswami, the Prime Minister described her as one of the most influential writers and commentators in Assamese.


"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of Smt. Indira Goswami. Popularly know as Mamoni, she was undoubtedly one of the most influential writers and commentators in Assamese in recent times. Her literary work earned her many awards including the Jnanpith award," said Dr. Singh in his condolence message.


"Her widely acclaimed writings specially Nilkanthi Broja and The Moth Eaten Howdah of a Tusker have universal appeal and show a sensitive depiction of the trauma of widowhood. Smt. Goswami served as professor of modern Indian Languages in the University of Delhi with distinction," he added.


Dr. Singh said Indira Goswami played an important role in bringing peace to the state of Assam by promoting discussion and reconciliation among the parties.


"Smt. Goswami's death will be mourned widely across our country by the admirers of her literary and social work. I convey my sincere condolences to you and other members of her family and her many friends and well-wishers," he added.


Popularly known as 'Mamoni Roysom Goswami', she was battling for life at the intensive care unit of the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital for the last nine months.


She is famous for her novels which include 'The Moth Eaten Howdah of a Tusker', 'Pages Stained with Blood', 'The Man from Chinnamasta' and research on Ramayani studies-Ramayana from Ganga to Brahmaputra.


Goswami, 70, is also well known for her attempts to structure social change, both through her writings and through her role as a mediator between the banned ultra outfit- United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the Central Government. (ANI)


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