Mahasweta Devi (born 1926 in Dacca now known as Bangladesh) is an Indian writer. Born into a middle-class Bengali family, Mahasweta Devi studied at Vhisva-Bharati and Calcutta. She later earned a M.A. in English at Shantiniketan, a renowned experimental University. In 1964, she began teaching at Bijaygarh College in Jadavpur; an Indian college for working class women, while simultaneously working as a journalist and creative writer. She is noted in recent decades for her works related to the study of the rural tribal communities of West Bengal, women and dalits. She is also an activist who is dedicated to the struggle of tribal people in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. In her elaborate Bengali fiction, she often depicts the brutal opression of tribal peoples and the untouchables by potent, authoritary high-caste landlords, lenders, and venal government officials. Padma Vibhushan (the second highest civilian award from the Government of India in the year 2006), Magsaysay award for journalism, literature and creative communication, Jnanpith Award - the highest literary award from the Sahitya Akademi are some of the awards which she has received.