Any conversation about communism is incomplete without a mention of Lenin, Stalin, Castro and Ho Chi Minh

Communism is an ideology which emphasizes on equality among members of a community and eradication of a class/hierarchical structure. Several famous leaders have been enlightening the masses about the importance of communism and how the ideology can change governance and lead to a better society. The word was derived from the title of a book titled ‘Projet de communauté philosophe’, penned by a French writer and philosopher named Victor d’Hupay. Eminent personalities like Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Ho Chi Minh, Josef Stalin and even Fidel Castro are a few individuals who are responsible for the worldwide popularity of communism. Ardent followers of these legends and the ideology of communism are called communists. Marx and Friedrich Engels are the men who coined the term ‘Marxism’ and sparked off a revolution which addressed the issue of the capitalist-working class conflict. While followers of Marx are known as Marxists, admirers of Lenin and his ideology are called Leninists. The masses, however, consider both these factions as ‘communists’. Vladmir Lenin and Josef Stalin are two communist stalwarts from Russia (formerly known as Soviet Union) who inspired thousands of leaders and set outstanding examples of leadership. The rise of the legendary Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, who passed away recently, is a perfect example of what communism is. He overthrew Fulgencio Batista, the former president of Cuba, who was considered more of a dictator in a military coup. The legendary leader then ruled the country for several decades.
Karl MarxKarl Marx
(Economist, Philosopher)

05 May 1818

German,French,British,Prussian

Vladimir LeninVladimir Lenin
(Russian Revolutionary & Head of Communist Party)

22 April 1870

Russian

Xi JinpingXi Jinping
(General Secretary of the Communist Party of China)

15 June 1953

Chinese

Nikita KhrushchevNikita Khrushchev
(Prime Minister of Soviet Union)

15 April 1894

Russian,Russian

Fidel CastroFidel Castro
(Cuban Revolutionary Leader)

13 August 1926

Cuban

Ho Chi MinhHo Chi Minh
(Former PM and President of Democratic Republic of Vietnam)

19 May 1890

Vietnamese

Pol PotPol Pot
(Dictator, War Criminal)

19 May 1925

Cambodian

Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
(Founder and first leader of the Red Army)

07 November 1879

Russian,Ukrainian,Russian

Kim Il-sungKim Il-sung
(Former President of North Korea)

15 April 1912

North Korean

Josip Broz TitoJosip Broz Tito

07 May 1892

Yugoslav

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
(Philosopher)

07 November 1913

Algerian,French

Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev

19 December 1906

Russian,Ukrainian,Russian

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
(Author)

27 February 1902

American

Angela Davis Angela Davis
(Political Activist)

26 January 1944

American

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping

22 August 1904

Chinese

W. E. B. Du BoisW. E. B. Du Bois
(Civil Rights Activists)

23 February 1868

Ghanaian

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
(Writer)

09 January 1908

French

Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda
(Chilean poet)

12 July 1904

Chilean

Stieg LarssonStieg Larsson
(Swedish Journalist & Writer)

15 August 1954

Swedish

Hu JintaoHu Jintao
(Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China)

21 December 1942

Chinese

Enver HoxhaEnver Hoxha
(Former Communist Leader of Albania)

16 October 1908

Albanian

Valentina TereshkovaValentina Tereshkova
(Pilot)

06 March 1937

Russian

José SaramagoJosé Saramago
(Writer)

16 November 1922

Portuguese

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
(Writer)

07 October 1934

American

Gustáv HusákGustáv Husák
(Slovak Politician)

10 January 1913

Slovak

Raul CastroRaul Castro
(President of the Council of State of Cuba)

03 June 1931

Cuban

Prachanda Prachanda
(Prime Minister of Nepal)

11 December 1954

Nepalese

Slobodan MilosevicSlobodan Milosevic
(Former President of Serbia & the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)

20 August 1941

Serbian

J.B.S. HaldaneJ.B.S. Haldane
(Geneticist)

05 November 1892

British

John GatesJohn Gates
(American Communist)

1913 AD

American

Dalia GrybauskaitėDalia Grybauskaitė
(President of Lithuania)

01 March 1956

Lithuanian

Nicolae CeaușescuNicolae Ceaușescu
(Former President of Romania)

26 January 1918

Romanian

Antonio GramsciAntonio Gramsci
(Italian Politician)

22 January 1891

Italian

Jiang QingJiang Qing
(Actress)

19 March 1914

Chinese

Imre NagyImre Nagy
(Politician, Diplomat, Economist)

07 June 1896

Hungarian

Miuccia PradaMiuccia Prada
(entrepreneur, fashion designer)

10 May 1948

Italian

J. B. S. HaldaneJ. B. S. Haldane
(Biologist, Geneticist, University teacher)

05 November 1892

Indian,British

Alejo CarpentierAlejo Carpentier
(Writer, Journalist, Essayist, Musicologist, Literary critic)

26 December 1904

Swiss,Cuban

Aime CesaireAime Cesaire

26 June 1913

French,Martiniquan