The name Anaarkali in the present context has many meanings - Anaar symbolises the anarchism of the Bhils and kali which means flower bud in Hindi stands for their traditional environmentalism. Anaar in Hindi can also mean the fruit pomegranate which is said to be a panacea for many ills as in the Hindi idiom - "Ek anar sou bimar - One pomegranate for a hundred ill people"! - which describes a situation in which there is only one remedy available for giving to a hundred ill people and so the problem is who to give it to. Thus this name indicates that anarcho-environmentalism is the only cure for the many diseases of modern development! Similarly kali can also imply a budding anarcho-environmentalist movement. Finally according to a legend that is considered to be apocryphal by historians Anarkali was the lover of Prince Salim who was later to become the Mughal emperor Jehangir. Emperor Akbar did not approve of this romance of his son and ordered Anarkali to be bricked in alive into a wall in Lahore in Pakistan but she escaped. Allegorically this means that anarcho-environmentalists can succeed in bringing about the escape of humankind from the self-destructive love of modern development that it is enamoured of at the moment and they will do this by simultaneously supporting women's struggles for their rights.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Labour Market Segmentation
This is where an NGO Prayas stepped in. With funding from Action Aid and Aga Khan Foundation they organised the meds into the DRMS and then fought for higher wages for the children and so also commissions for the meds. They have over the last year been successful in raising the wages by Rs 10 and also intervened in many cases of cheating and molestation. However the situation is very queer because the DRMS organises the meds and not the child labourers directly and so is not really able to control the exploitation of the children by the meds. Anyway they are now trying to get the wages hiked even further so that the adults can then go for the work instead of the children.