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.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Starting From Our Home
Then started a cat and bird game. There is a cat in our colony which darts in and out of our house in search goodies to eat. Sometimes it succeeds in polishing off our milk or curds when we are not alert. Now it spotted the nest of the birds and despite all our efforts was able to eat two of the four chicks that were born to the nesting couple. The chicks that survived were very cute and we managed to get a picture of one of them about to test its wings in flight shown below -
Mitigating climate change and maintaining bio-diversity is not such a difficult thing. All that is required is a commitment to pursue these goals. A commitment to environmentalism.