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, August 27, 2008
Property and Poverty
Thus to do away with poverty of all kinds it is necessary to do away with property of all kinds which in turn means the jettisoning of the state system and the adoption of communitarian lifestyles. Even though Karl Marx had criticised Proudhon for his anarchist economic and philosophical prescriptions it has now become clear that centralised states regardless of ideology and even if they are purportedly run by political parties of the working class, invariably end up accumulating property and spawning poverty of various kinds not least that of the environment. In fact Proudhon's prediction that, as long as there was property whether individual or social, there could not be liberty, equality and justice has been rudely vindicated even in the so-called socialist societies.
Even though capitalist societies have definitely created much more poverty worldwide and are still doing so at a horrendous rate, it has to be noted with sadness that the communists too have contributed their mite to this grisly process. Possibly the most heinous communist crackdown on anarchism and so the possibility of the abolition of poverty is the massacre of the brave sailors and their families in the port of Kronstadt near Leningrad in March 1921 by the Bolsheviks. These sailors had earlier played a crucial role in the victory of the Bolsheviks in the October revolution of 1917 but they were butchered because they dared to support the demand of the workers and peasants of the fledgling Soviet communist state for more autonomy in deciding production a basic requirement of liberty and equality. Read more about this obscure but significant bit of Russian history here. Below is an artist's sketch of this massacre.
This blog is dedicated to the espousing of the richness of Bhil adivasi culture and lifestyle and the baring of the poverty of modern civilisation. This year Blog Action Day promoted by Blogger for October 15th is to have poverty as its theme. Since this blog because of its commitment to Bhil renewal has as its main concern the removal of poverty of all kinds, it will have upto blog action day, posts related to this theme.