E.M.S. Namboodiripad is perhaps modern India's most important Marxist theoretician. The present volume puts together his essays spanning six decades, from 1937 to 1996. Included in the volume are classic essays such as The Question of Land Tenure in Malabar, A Short History of the Peasant Movement in Kerala, Caste Conflict versus Growing Unity of Popular Democratic Forces, Marxism, Leninism and Bourgeois Judiciary, Adi Shankara and his Philosophy: A Marxist View, The Class Character of the Nineteenth Century Renaissance in India and The Marxist Theory of Ground Rent: Relevance to the Study of the Agrarian Question in India. E.M.S. Namboodiripad E.M.S. NAMBOODIRIPAD (1909–1998) was among India’s pioneering Communist leaders and a Marxist theoretician of enormous stature. He became Chief Minister of Kerala on two occasions, in 1957 at the head of the historic first Communist government, and again in 1967 as head of a seven-party coalition. He was the author of several books and hundreds of articles and essays.