Updated: Aug 6, 2022, 09:53 IST
Twenty-five comrades gather in the neighbourhood square at 7:30am to hoist a flag of the Communist Party of India. I am surprised that only 10 of them are senior citizens like my father. The rest have taken time out from the demands of a busy weekday morning and come here especially to celebrate the birthday of Muzaffar Ahmad, one of the founders of the CPI.
The streets here in south Kolkata are usually bustling, and of late, filled with endless banter and jokes about former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee. When asked for change or for payment, street vendors, shopkeepers and cycle rickshaw pullers in their own way all ask: “Did you ask Partha?” And then answer themselves – “Ask Partha.” Or “I am still waiting for my money or at least an Arpita by my side.” Then laughter ensues.

Why this story

Mumbai's common man or a Silicon Valley billionaire, the attitude is similar – no politics or government is needed to build the life you want. Just your own hard work

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