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, December 31, 2009
KMCS as Santa Claus
Often the families have nothing to eat as there are too many mouths to feed. It is a suicidal situation as figuratively depicted by the rope hanging like a noose in front of such a family in the picture below.
In some cases all the young members of the family have died leaving their old parents without any support as in the case of the forlorn and dejected old man shown in the picture below.
So in this festive season when most fortunate people would be celebrating KMCS decided to play Santa Claus for these devastated families of orphaned children and destitute old people. Some funds were sourced from a funding agency and thirty families were given a quintal of maize as a gift on the 27th of December in a simple ceremony chaired by Ashok Choudhury the veteran tribal leader of Gujarat. The smiles on the faces of the children below say how much they liked this gift.
The larger activist battle for getting justice continues and will be a long one that will eventually get these children much more from the government but in the interim a little bit of charity in the NGO mode has brought them some cheer to begin the new year with.