US-India Global Review

30 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW JANUARY-MARCH 2018 ALAPPUZHA, INDIA O n a recent morning in southern India, one of the world's last true-believing communists rose to speak in a place where commu- nists can still whip up the masses and win elections. Thomas Isaac, the finance min- ister for the state of Kerala, gazed out at a crowd of hundreds who had gathered to honor the found- ing father of Kerala's Communist Party, a man killed by a snakebite while organizing farmworkers whose dying words were reputed to have been: "Comrades, for- India, The Real Democracy Where Communists Can Still Dream Greg Jaffe,Vidhi Doshi DEMOCRACY IN ACTION Lenin's image is reflected in a mirror in Pinarayi. (Vivek Singh/For TheWashington Post)