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Laying a role in shaping the cultural ethos of Bengalis over the years, Desh magazine has been the epitome of Bengali language and literature in India. Desh — Born on November 24 1933, is the second publication from the house of ABP. A fortnightly, the magazine covers trends in literature, arts, science , current affairs and philosophy. Some renowned literary figures both past and present associated with Desh include Rabindranath Tagore, Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay, Jibanananda Das, Saradindu Bandyopadhyay ,Shibram Chakraborty, Syed Mujtaba Ali ,Abu Sayeed Ayub ,Subodh Ghosh ,Subhash Mukhopadhyay, Satyajit Ray ,Ramapada Chaudhuri ,Samaresh Basu, Samaresh Majumdar, Shankar, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Joy Goswami , Suchitra Bhattacharyya . An all-colour magazine since 2003, Desh encompasses an array of features from Mantabya, Probondho, Bhraman , Galpo ,Dharabahik Upanyash, Kabita, Shilpa-Sanskriti, Granthalok ,Chitipatra ,Seshkatha. Desh also brings forth special issues such as Desh Galpo Sankha and also Desh Boi Sankha during the Kolkata Book Fair . Desh completed 80 years in 2013.
This issue of DESH features a cover story about Karl Marx. This marks the celebration of two hundred years of his birth. There are three essays regarding the topic written by Gautam Bhadra, Ashim Chattopadhyay and Samit Kar. There is a speech by former President of India Pranab Mukhopadhyay orated on the occasion of Ananda Purashkar 1424. There is an obituary on the communist leader and writer Ashok Mitra. There are two essays regarding the topic written by Harsha Datta and Sanjay Dasgupta. The lead story of Mantabya section is about the carcass meat, written by Sumit Mitra. The columns of Sumit Mitra and Manish Nandi are continuing. This the novel ‘Jonakider Bari’ written by Smaranjit Chakraborty is continuing as well. Other sections like Granthalok, Shilpo Sanskriti, Galpo, Kabita are also included in the this issue.