“I will have sense of fulfillment of more and more young writers took to unbeaten tracks. My India still lives behind a curtain of darkness. A curtain that separates the mainstream society from the poor and the deprived. But then why my India alone? Cannot one say the same for so many countries and societies today?”

1997 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee MAHASWETA DEVI accepts Asia’s Premier Prize and Highest Honor.