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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 is based on the demerits of Social Media. It is actually turning people into ‘anti-socials’. There are 3 short essays based on this topic, written by Shamim Ahmed, Sayantani Putatunda and Dhritiman Gangopadhyay. There is a long essay named ‘Bastaber Cheyeo Satti’ on the line of Cinema created by Asgar Farhadi. The essay is written by Ayan Bandyopadhyay. Both the stories of Mantabya section is based on the duties of the Governor in a state. The debate between Chief Minister of West Bengal and the Governor of West Bengal again gave rise to the age old question regarding the duty of the Governor. This is the main standpoint of the stories. Column of Sumit Mitra & Novel ‘Final Gazi’ by Humayun Kabir is continuing as well. Other regular sections like Nammatro, Grantholok, Shilpo Sanskriti, Chithipatro, Seshkatha are there as usual.