[ Editor-in-Chief ]
“Jugashree Juganari’ is one of the oldest and largely circulated monthly women magazine of the state and also outside. It was started by Dr. Radha Devi at Kolkata on dt. 2.10.1961 on the very birthday of M.K.Gandhi . Radha Devi was founder member and president of Zilla Nari Sangha. In her profession as Gynaecologist she came in contact with many distressed women and children and to mitigate their owes she was determined to work for women empowerment and their emancipation from wretched social and economic conditions of living . This motive as a sense of service prompted her to organise the women and fight for their rights, make them conscious of their privileges. And the monthly women magazine ‘ Jugashree Juganari’ she published became a media of consciousness and resucscitation and mouth piece of the women sector of the society .
Practically, she organised the block level women workshops on many issues with high officials of dist. and state administration and gradually she became a popular women leader. She represented various National and International Women Conferences from the state as well as Centre . Dr. Radha Devi was the wife of late Dr. ShyamSundar Mohapatra M.L.A. and M.P of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sasbha and also the Gen. Secy. of AICC .
Objective of Magazine- This magazine is replete with various write-us which aim at strengthening of women issues in society, such as- Sections like agriculture, education, health, self-employment, cooking skills(culinary arts) and beauty care helps and enhances their knowledge in a big way . Essays, stories, poetry, folk-tales, autobiography etc. boost excellencies and creative activities of women and helps proper utilisation of leisure hours. Jokes and colloquial writings refresh readers mind. Scientific topics and quiz helps their brain work and cognitive skills. Current news acquaint them with up-date information of events. Vastu Shastra, Rasi Phala alert them to know their future . Important tourist places help to know the rich worth seeing places of our country. Brief notes of recently published books are also placed in it . Stories relating to children, didactive shlokas, folk -stories help the children of the society. Cinema and Sports stars’ biography help for entertainment. Besides eminent women sections of glorious women like- Reba Roy, Rama Devi, Kuntala kumari Sabat, Bidyut Prabha Devi etc, and highlighting them by paying tribute to these great women of past. All these bring out women- welfare of the society.
Programmes- Each year the magazine hold its Annual Function where literary personalities are felicitated in recognition of their contribution in writing story, poetry, essay, novel, and social service .
Literary Seminars are also organised in various places like Madras, Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Roukela. In Rourkela this year ex. C.M. and M.P. Sri Hemananda Biswal and Monorama Mohapatra ex-Editor of “Samaj” and ex- Odisha Sahitya Akademi President is also our Chief advisor graced the Function as guests. The worthy successor of Fakir Mohan, poet Brajanath Rath D.Lit. winner of Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award and Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award is our advisor. Lekhika Sahitya Sambad President Binapani Mohanty who is also Kendra and Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award winner is also our advisor.
All these activities give are example which give impetus to literary activities in Town Balasore which is the cultural capital of Odisha and birth place of Fakir Mohan Senapati the saviour of Odia Language and Literature.
Now Smt. Mamata Mohapatra eldest daughters-in-law of Dr. Radha Devi has taken the responsibility of the magazine as editor and her plausible attempt has raised the magazine to a pioneer magazine in the state. She has brought many improvements in the magazine through her ceaseless effort as a result the demand of the magazine among the writers, subscribers and the readers has increased and has encouraged the women writers . Her noble aim is to raise the standard and status of the magazine for its bright future. Dozen of letters coming from the readers each month in favour of the magazine are the example of success of the magazine.