November 29th, 2011
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Indira Goswami passes away

indira goswami Guwahati: Renowned Assamese writer, Jnanpith award winning litterateur , and activist Indira Goswami who was 70, died on Tuesday morning at 7.42 am after prolonged illness at Guwahati 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. She was admitted in hospital following lung infection and breathing problems.

The 70 year old writer was air dashed to New Delhi on February 19 and admitted to the Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon after she slipped into coma. She was shifted back to GMCH in July. Ms Goswami had been appointed by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) as their mediator for talks with the Centre.

The former Delhi University professor 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.



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