Noted feminist & Assam’s first woman PhD in English, Aparna Dutta Mahanta passes away


Aparna Dutta Mahanta, a noted feminist and Assam’s first woman PhD holder in English literature, died on Thursday, 27 January, in a hospital in Dibrugarh. She was afflicted with an old age ailment.

The 75-year-old eminent writer and retired English professor was the former director of Dibrugarh University’s Women’s Study Centre. She attended St Mary’s School in Shillong and graduated from St Mary’s College.

She earned her master’s degree in English literature from Gauhati University and the University of Leeds through a British Council scholarship programme. She received her PhD from Dibrugarh University in 1982, making her the first woman in Assam to hold a doctorate degree in English.

Mahanta was a pioneer of the modern feminist movement in Assam. She has also written numerous books and founded the Assamese magazine ‘Aideur Jonaki Baat,’ which focuses on women’s issues.

She was a professor in the English Department of Dibrugarh University. She was also the founding director of the Women’s Study Centre in the varsity.

Aparna was one of the developers of modern feminist movement in Assam. She has also authored many books and started Assamese magazine ‘Aideur Jonaki Baat’ on women’s issues.

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