Anarcho-environmentalism allegorised

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.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Climate Change

Blog Action Day on Google is here again. This year the topic is Climate Change. This is something that now occupies centre stage in public policy with clear indications that human development is causing changes in the eco-system of the whole earth leading to global warming and a danger of irreversible climate change. Blog Action Day as always is on October 15th but like last year all the posts on this blog upto that day will deal with this years topic.
Climate Change is the final warning to human beings that we are dangerously close to breaching the limits of nature's patience with our current mode of development. We use too much of the resources of nature at too fast a pace and also burden too much waste on it. In both cases we have breached nature's capacities. The most worrisome aspect of our development is the huge expenditure of energy. We have forgotten to use our own energy which is instead being stored in our bodies as fat. So farcical is the situation that even to exercise our bodies to reduce this fat we use external energy in the form of treadmills.
The Bhils like all other indigenous people have traditionally used their own energy to do most things and have lived well within the renewable capacity of nature. We have a lot to learn from their frugal lifestyle. Over the next few weeks we will discuss how the Bhils of Alirajpur are mitigating the effects of climate change through communitarian solidarity.
I am not sure how much Blog Action Day is effective but it provides me with an opportunity to focus on a burning issue every year for a few days.

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