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.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Great Sugar Conspiracy

This year I have taken a resolution not to eat sugar in any form. This means that I am off sweets altogether. This is because sugar is the primary cause of obesity, hard disease and diabetes. Even though I am neither obese, nor a heart patient and nor a diabetic I have been bothered by the fact that I still have fat around my abdomen despite a rigorous daily exercise schedule and a low carbohydrate diet. However, on doing further research to try and find a solution to this midriff paunch, I found that sugar was the culprit. It appears that with middle age as the metabolism weakens the excess sugar that one consumes (all sugar as the energy needs of the body are fulfilled by the carbohydrates and proteins consumed) is processed by the liver into fat and deposited around the abdomen. So regardless of how much exercise one does, I do a rigorous two hour work out every day, the paunch around the midriff stubbornly refuses to vanish. So the only solution is to remove sugar from one's diet completely. This means taking the hard decision to abstain from sweets, cakes, chocolates, icecreams and the like!! Well I have taken it and over the last two months the paunch has shrivelled up considerably and I am optimistic that it will vanish completely in the future!!!
While researching the perfidies of sugar I came across a conspiracy to promote sugar between the nutritionists, food industries and pharmaceutical industries that has completely devastated the human race.
In the 1970s nutritionists wrongly targeted saturated fats as being the cause of obesity and heart disease whereas a British scientist, Yudkin, contended correctly that it was sugar that was behind these problems. However, Yudkin was silenced and instead sugar was promoted in a big way in the food industry resulting in a huge spike in obesity, heart disease and diabetes which has now assumed epidemic proportions. Sweet eating has become a major pastime among people across the world and their subsequent visits to doctors is fuelling the profits of the medical and pharmaceutical industries.
What is most worrying is that the prevalence of diabetes is increasing alarmingly among the poor also, especially the urban poor, as their food habits are changing and they are consuming sugar rich junk foods and drinks instead of more wholesome food. India is faced with a huge public health challenge as a consequence of this rising trend of diabetes among the poor who do not have the economic resources to fight this disease on their own. So after devastating the western populations with sugar rich junk foods and drinks, the food multinationals have targeted the developing countries in search of profits and the poor in India are in for an even greater health disaster.
SAY NO TO SUGAR has to be the slogan. This will incidentally also solve a major water availability related problem by drastically reducing the acreage under sugar cane which is a huge water guzzler.


readerswords said...

Try stevia as a replacement. It's easy to grow.

Rahul Banerjee said...

i dont drink tea or coffee normally so no need for stevia also!! sugar free is like addiction free.