Guwahati: Famous Assamese writer Indira Goswami passed away on Tuesday at the age of 70 after suffering a massive cardiac arrest.
The Sahitya Academy and Jnanpith Award winner had been ill for quite some time. She was admitted to the Guwahati Medical College here. 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.