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.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Blog Action Day 2011

Blog Action Day is nigh again as on October 16th 2011 millions of people will blog together again this year. Since the day coincides with World Food Day this year the theme is FOOD. All my posts on this blog till and on the BAD will be related to FOOD.
The greatest tragedy of our civilisation is that today we have more people, and especially children, dyiing due to hunger and malnutrition related causes. There are plenty of food stocks to feed everyone but since it is profitable not to do so but to speculate on agricultural commodity futures, people are going hungry. In India at the moment we are going through a black comedy of sorts. Our Planning Commission has said that only those living in rural areas on less than half an US dollar a day can be counted as being poor and deserving of subsidised rations. The compulsion to make such statements comes from the fact that the food subsidy has burgeoned out of control and so the government wants to limit the number of people to whom it will give food at subsidised prices.
Food is something that has to be kept cheap if capitalism is to prosper because increase in food prices and their non-availability invariably lead to higher wages having to be given thus cutting into the profits. However, since the meltdown of 2008 the avenues for investment of speculative financial capital have dried up considerably and it has made its way to the agricultural commodity markets making food prices shoot through the roof. A combination of inflation and recession has led most economies of the world into a debt trap and hunger related deaths are on the rise all over. Food availability is also governed by the sustainability of agricultural production and this is another area where the thirst for profit has played havoc.
In the coming days we will discuss these and other issues related to FOOD and HUNGER. 

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