27 February 2020 — Tricontinental
N. Sankaraiah reads the Communist Manifesto in Tamil, Chennai, India, 20 February 2020.
Keep Silent: The Ninth Newsletter (2020)
Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.
On the night before Red Books Day, on 21 February 2020, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, N. Sankaraiah – one of the thirty-two founders of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) – read from M. Sivalingam’s new translation into Tamil of the Communist Manifesto. Comrade Sankaraiah, age 98, said that he had first read the Manifesto at age 18. Over the years, he returns to the book because each time he reads it the brazing prose teaches him something new. And something that – sadly – seems ageless.