the wake of ultra-nationalist attack on Communist leaders and activists during
Indo-China border conflicts in the early 60's
and intense inner-party struggle against revisionist trends within the undivided
Communist Party of India, an urgent need for publishing a weekly to uphold the
tenets of Marxism-Leninism was felt. As "Swadhinata" the daily
organ of the then Communist Party of India was controlled by the adherents to
the principle of class-collaboration, revolutionary cadres inspired by leaders
like Comrade Samar Mukherjee and Binoy Chowdhury took initiative to launch a new
weekly that would expose the anti-people policies of the Congress Party at the
Center and the State and would play a decisive role to combat revisionist forces
inside the party.
In those days a weekly called "Howrah Hitaishee"
was already in circulation. This weekly emerged in a changed form as "Deshhitaishee"
to wage ideological battle against revisionism, to rouse people against misrule
of Congress Party, to mobilize public opinion against detention of political prisoners
and worsening food crisis in West Bengal. It started its glorious journey on 16th
August, 1963. Reputed
journalist Comrade Mohit Maitra became the first editor of Deshhitaishee
and Comrade Sudhangsu Dasgupta was entrusted with the overall responsibility of
running the weekly.
After the formation of CPI(M) in 1964
in the Seventh Party Congress held in Kolkata (From 31st
October to 7th November)
Deshhitaishee became the weekly organ of CPI(M). During the last fifty
years of its eventful journey, Deshhitaishee has played a truly significant
role in the struggle against revisionism and Left-wing adventurist deviations
within India's Communist movement. Apart from this, it has waged a relentless
battle against class, caste and gender oppressions in all its form in our country.
During the last two decades of finance-driven globalization, Deshhitaishee
has steadfastly upheld the revolutionary principles of Marxism-Leninism and raised
people's awareness about the dangers of imperialist globalization.
a world dominated by corporate media, Deshhitaishee stands apart as an
inseparable part of democratic mass-movement against rising inequality and oppression.