Bengal’s communist communes mirror the political wilderness of India’s Left

The communist communes are in a state of despair. Photos: Debosree Chatterjee

Stacks of valuable books gathering dust, a divan-sized kempt bed that no one seems to have slept on for days, or maybe years, a thick layer of dirt settled on another adjacent wooden cot and an untidy desk with piles of paper.

The setting in the about 12X18-feet room is a sad commentary on the ideology and dream held close to the heart by those who once occupied it.

Portraits of its past......