By- Staff Reporter | Date- November 29, 2011
Mamoni Raisom Goswami passed away this morning at 7:46 am at Gauhati Medical College. She had suffered a severe cardiac arrest last night at around 11 pm and was in ventilation. She was in critical state and had been in the hospital undergoing medical treatment for the last eight months.
A woman of remarkable insight and passion, Indira Goswami, more popularly known as Mamoni Raisom Goswami was one of the most celebrated writers in India. Born in 1942 she published several creative and scholarly works in Assamese and English. She has been honored with the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1983 for the novel The Rusted Sword, Assam Sahitya Sabha Award 1988, Bharat Nirman Award 1989, Sauhardya Award from Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan of Government of India 1992, Katha National Award for Literature 1993, Kamal Kumari Foundation National Award 1996 and in the year 2000 she won the country’s highest literay award the Jnanpith Award. She was also India’s first Principal Prince Claus Laureate (2008). For her unparalled scholarly work in the field of Ramayani Studies she was awarded the International Tulsi Award from Florida University.
Her pioneering efforts to bring peace and solution to insurgency in Assam through her crucial role in the talks between banned militant outfit ULFA and the Indian Government was much appreciated. In fact it was with her endeavors led to the formation of the People’s Consultive group (PCG).
With her sad demise, the world has lost a magnanimous human being and an outstanding writer who reveals the lived experience of ordinary people. As rightly described in the judgment of the Prince Claus Award jury,- Through powerful graphic descriptions and haunting images she shows how central the body is in human affairs, how political, religious and cultural systems are codified through the body; and how life process, gender, age, poverty and conflict are defined physically.
Mamoni Raisom Goswami will be forever remembered for the unique quality of her writing, for identifying and expressing the inscription of cultural norms in the body, and for her influential social and cultural activism through literature.