Jugasankha was started its first publication on December 13, 1950. Prior to publication of Jugasankha, Barthabhagarat Baidyanath Nath edited ‘Muktipradip’, a weekly official mouth speech of Congress from Silchar in Pre-independence era. Its publication was suspended after the independence of India. However it had discontinued after the journey of jugasankha.
Initially Jugasankha was a weekly paper under the tutelage of Bartabhagirath Baidyanath Nath. Bartabhagirath was not only a visionary journalist but he was also a freedom fighter as well. In fact he was a multifaceted character. Basically Bartabhagirath was a teacher and he entered into journalism with an aim to provide the local denizens an alternative to Basumati and Yugantar which used to come all the way from Kolkata. Being a freedom fighter he came out with his weekly with an aim to be a part of the nation building process as the country just attained independence from the yoke of the colonial empire.
However, destiny had some other plans. Bartabhagirath had to bid adieu at the age of 62-years. He left for heavenly abode on May 15, 1970. But prior to his death he made his son Bijoy Krishna Nath as the editor of his fledgling weekly Jugasankha. At that point of time Bijoy Krishna Nath too alike his father had to encounter many stumbling blocks. There was even a time when Jugasankha used to hit the stands after a gap of one day due to its poor financial health. As the saying goes, “Where there is a will there is a way,” turned out to be absolutely true in the life of Bijoy Krishna Nath. Finally the weekly took the shape of a daily broadsheet and Jugasankha began its Guwahati edition in the year 1982.
In 1989 fire engulfed the Jugasankha office in Guwahati. It devastated not only the hopes and aspirations of all those who saw the daily being born in front of their eyes. But as the saying goes ‘Nothing can stand before a determined will,’— a new dawn did reach the doorsteps of Jugasankha family. In 1995 the daily was given a new look. It will be apt to term this phase as ‘New Spring’ in the life of Jugasankha. Silchar a tiny town which falls under the ambit of South Assam was the first to witness the impact of the ‘New Spring.’ Sankha Group of Publications imbibed new technology to keep pace with time and for the first time in Barak Valley a daily was published through ‘offset printing’ technology. It was something unthinkable at that point of time. A thorough professional look was also given to the group. Noted poet and litterateur of Assam Atin Das who earned a niche for himself in the literary circle here in Assam was appointed as the ‘Editor of ‘Jugasankha.’ Prior to Atin Das this post was held by the proprietor of Sankha Group of Publications Bijoy Krishna Nath. Atin Das held the post till 2005 as in that very year he handed over the reins of Jugasankha to renowned academic Santanu Ghose. He though being a professor of English had a tryst with journalism since a long period of time. He remained in the editor’s chair till February 1, 2012. He then handed over the reins to young journalist of the State Arijit Aditya who also has seen many shades of journalism in his long and fruitful career. Prior becoming the editor of the largest circulated daily in Northeast; Arijit Aditya also worked in the capacity of a ‘News Editor,’ of Jugasankha.
In the year 2006 Dainik Jugasankha started publishing from Dibrugarh apart from Guwahati and Silchar. It is now even being read by readers living in Dima Hasao, Karbi Anglong, Dhubri, Tezpur, Mangaldoi, Nalbari, Naogaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. The daily’s internet edition is also being read by the people across the globe.
In 2015, Jugasankha started its full fledged edition from Kolkata & from 2016, Siliguri edition of Jugasankha has been started reaching the entire state of West Bengal & neighboring states like Jharkhand, Sikkim, etc. Jugasankha is the one of the largest circulated Bengali daily in the East, specifically in Northeast.