Socialism ties the knot in India. Confused? Well, then read the following story...

Marxism didn't miss out when Socialism got married this weekend, with his big brothers Communism and Leninism in attendance.

All are the progeny of A Mohan, a district secretary of Communist Party of India in Tamil Nadu, where left-wing ideology still burns red-hot.

'' My first son was born during the fall of the Soviet Union and everywhere in the news, I was reading that this was the end of communism,'' Mohan told AFP. ''But there is no end for Communism as long as the human race lives on so I named my first-born Communism,'' he said.

Mohan's next two sons were named Leninism - whose five-month old son Marxism also attended the nuptials on Sunday - and Socialism, the groom.

Pictures of the invitation to the wedding, embossed with hammer-and sickle emblems, have gone viral on social media.

Socialism's bride is P Mamata Bannerjee, named by her grandfather after a firebrand left-wing politician in West Bengal. The fact that this other Bannerjee ended several decades of communist rule in 2011 in the eastern state to become chief minister isn't spoiling the party.

India leaned more towards the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and names like Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky and even Pravda - the name of USSR's state newspaper - are not unheard of, particularly in the south.

Tamil Nadu's current chief minister is MK Stalin, named by his father in honor of the Soviet communist dictator just days before he died in Russia.

Mohan said that there was nothing unusual about his sons' names - some of his ''comrades'' gave their children names such as Moscow, Russia, Vietnam and Czechoslovakia. But he admitted that his boys, especially Communism, were sometimes teased at school.

All three sons, now in their 20s, are fellow members of the local communist party and Leninism named his son after none other than Karl Marx.

''Now I am waiting for a grand-daughter from one of my sons, who I will name Cubaism,'' Mohan added.

The World Students Society thanks author News Desk, The Express Tribune.


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