In the year marking 200 years of the birth of the great revolutionary philosopher Karl Marx, we bring you a selection of writings reflecting on Marx’s legacy.
We begin with Friedrich Engels’ eulogy at Marx’s graveside – a moving and concise tribute to Marx’s legacy by his closest friend and comrade.
The articles by Dipankar Bhattacharya, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), are based on a series of talks delivered across India on the occasion of the Marx Bicentenary, which discuss Marx’s relevance to contemporary India and the challenge of confronting fascist politics in India.
We have also included a biographical note on Marx, prepared by Arindam Sen, a Politburo Member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), in 1983.
Finally, we have an article by Vinod Mishra which he wrote as a Foreword to a Hindi edition of the Communist Manifesto published by Samkaleen Prakashan, Patna, in November 1998.
We hope that this little book - a window into the ways in which Marx’s legacy lives and breathes in India - will be useful for those meeting Marx for the first time and eager to know more, as well as for those who have long been practitioners of Marxist theory and politics.
“The philosophers have only
interpreted the world,
in various ways;
is to change it.”
“... Against the collective power of
the propertied classes
the working-class cannot act,
as a class,
except by constituting itself into a
and opposed to,
all old parties formed by the