Assamese writer Indira Goswami dead

Guwahati : Noted Assamese writer Indira Goswami died early Tuesday at a hospital in this city after prolonged illness. She was 69.

Doctors said she died of multiple organ failure at 7.45 a.m. at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital.

Known by her pen name, Mamoni Raisom Goswami, she had been a teacher at the Department of Modern Indian Languages at Delhi University.

Winner of India’s highest literary award Jnanpith, Goswami acted as a facilitator to broker peace between the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and New Delhi. But she gave it up in 2005.

“Her death has created a void in the literary scene in India,” Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.

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