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.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Original Holocaust

The White Settlers in the United States carried out a systematic elimination of the native indigenous peoples who had been residing there and over a period of a century killed as many as nineteen million people. This was the original holocaust and it appears that Hitler studied the techniques used by the Americans to effect this decimation of the Indian Population. "The only good Indian is a dead Indian" is what General Philip Sheridan of the U.S. Army is supposed to have stated during his campaign against the Indians in the 1870s. Sheridan carried out an extermination of the wild buffaloes which provided the sustenance to the Indians and restricted them to their reservations. The practice of confining the Indians to their reservations was similar to the ghettoisation of the jews in Europe. A documentary film vividly depicts the details of this systematic genocide with interviews with present day native american researchers and activists -
American Holocaust of Native Americans
This video clearly brings to the fore the problem of modern development being against nature and those who traditionally lived in harmony with it.

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