Red Meet

Apparently in the state of Kerala, communist parties have historically done reasonably well. One Kochi resident we talked to credited them with making Kerala the most highly literate of Indian states, in addition to ameliorating inequality and gender inequality that persist in other areas. While we defer judgement on the overall merits of those claims, it was a bit of a shock to our raised-in-the-cold-war sensibilities to see the hammer and sickle on proud display on many street murals and banners in and around Kochi.