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, November 17, 2010
A Foot in the Door
coverage in the New York Times. This in combination with the publication of a vast literature in Bhili dialects will go a long way towards fomalising the oral literary traditions of the Bhils. There is a well stocked library of books and journals which can be used by research scholars. The academy has now entered into a tie up with the Indira Gandhi National Open University for offering Phds through distance learning apart from two diploma courses in tribal studies and tribal health systems. The academy also has a musuem of tribal art and crafts which has a vast collection of Bhil tribal items covering the areas of agriculture, domestic needs, music and clothing. Pictured below is a pot and churner assembly used to churn curds and water to produce cream and whey.