28/07/2016 9:54 PM IST | Updated 28/07/2016 10:25 PM IST

Sushma Swaraj Condoles Mahasweta Devi's Death, Praising The Books Of A Different Bengali Author

That's a different Devi, Sushmaji.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a boo boo on Twitter.

Writer Mahasweta Devi, best known for works such as Hajar Churashir Ma(Mother of 1084), Rudali (which was made into a well-known movie by Kalpana Lajmi), and Chotti Munda Evam Tar Tir (Chotti Munda and His Arrow), died in Kolkata today. She was 90.

Several political leaders paid tribute to her on Twitter.

Among them were Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

However, Swaraj, in her second tweet (which has now been deleted) got confused between Mahasweta Devi and another writer-- late Ashapurna Devi.


Both 'Pratham Pratishruti' and 'Bakul Katha' that apparently left a 'lasting impression' on Swaraj's life are by Ashapurna Devi.

Twitter noticed immediately and corrected the minister.

The minister, then, deleted the tweet.

Unfortunately for Swaraj, nothing is untraceable on the Internet.