Communists In Kolkata

Communists In Kolkata's
The hammer-and-sickle flag of West Bengal’s Communist Party flies around Kolkata.

KOLKATA, India — In the cultural capital of the world’s largest democracy, the hammer-and-sickle flag of the Communist Party flies from street lamps and public parks as commonly as most Americans at home see the Stars and Stripes.

Although the finer points of the Marxist organization lie beyond the scope of this blog’s focus — as well as any expertise on my part — it was a bit of a surprise.

Add to that the remnants of British occupation in street names like Shakespeare Sarani, it made for a curious walk around Kolkata.


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