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11 Apr 2008

Indra Sinha, an author who has spent fifteen years working with the survivors of the Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal

[Comments by Indra Sinha on the sequence of events leading to the Bhopal disaster]

In October 1982 a chemical leak hospitalised large numbers of people living near the factory. Even this warning was ignored. Instead of spending on controls, safety systems and maintenance to avert a greater disaster, UCC did the opposite. The US executive management team instructed Indian managers to implement a drastic cost-cutting strategy, which they called an 'Operations Improvement Programme'...

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Indra Sinha: Bhopal disaster victims' suffering "emblematic of the struggle faced by huge numbers of Indians"

Union Carbide/Dow lawsuit (re Bhopal, filed in India)

Union Carbide/Dow lawsuit (re Bhopal, filed in the US)