Guests at a Kerala wedding included Marx and Lenin. Guess the groom’s name?
Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh gathered in southern India at the weekend to watch Engels tie the knot.
But there wasn’t a German, Russian or Vietnamese in sight as members of the local Communist party in Kerala state attended the wedding at a boutique tourist destination.
The hammer and sickle remain in vogue across Kerala, where the Communist party has governed for much of the last six decades, and revolutionary names such as Stalin and Trotsky are still popular.
Engels and Lenin are brothers, while Marx and Ho Chi Minh are the sons of a local party activist, according to the Mathrubhumi newspaper.
All four men were active members of the Communist party, the report said, but Marx flew back from the hyper-capitalist city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to attend the wedding in Athirappilly.
India leaned more towards the Soviet Union during the cold war and Russian names including Pravda – the title of the USSR’s state newspaper – are not unheard of, particularly in the south.
Tamil Nadu’s current chief minister is MK Stalin, named by his father in honour of the Soviet dictator.
In June, a wedding in that state had Socialism being married in front of his brothers Communism, Leninism and Marxism. His bride was P Mamata Banerjee, named by her grandfather after a firebrand leftwing politician in West Bengal who ended decades of communist rule in the state in 2011.