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.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
All this came to light when some of the tribals came searching for the Khedut Mazdoor activists asking for help. We then began ferreting out information using the Right to Information Act and found out this highly objectionable attempt by the state to shortchange the poor tribals. Again and again the Indian State displays this tendency to cheat the most deprived of its citizens when it comes to initiating some development project or other. When the state is so pathologically mendacious only a major systemic treatment can improve matters. Unfortunately the fraudulent environmentalism of the rich and powerful along with the greed of the modern development acolytes so overshadows the simple environmentalism of the tribals that this seems to be a distant, nay, impossible goal.