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

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11 April 2008

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

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

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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10 April 2008

Statement of The Dow Chemical Company Regarding the Bhopal Tragedy

Author: Dow Chemical

On December 3, 1984, one of the most tragic incidents in the history of industry occurred in Bhopal, India. Those of us in industry remember that day well, and the following days, when several thousand people died. Although Dow never owned nor operated the plant, we — along with the rest of industry — have learned from this tragic event, and we have tried to do all we can to assure that similar incidents never happen again...

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10 April 2008

Victims of the Bhopal Disaster: Abandoned to Their Fate

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

Modern India is everything Gandhi loathed: a society of ephemera that worships money, cheap celebrity and expensive foreign goods. The poor have been abandoned, their memory obliterated by a deluge of commercials for share issues and cars. It is “anti-progress” (and thus unpatriotic) to mention the thousands driven from their homes by huge dams, the 150,000 farmers who have committed suicide over the last decade, the 100,000 members of ethnic communities forcibly displaced by mining and steel corporations in a savage unreported war in the forests of central India. [refers to Union Carbide (part of Dow Chemical]

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"alliance de 180 entreprises multinationales destinée à soutenir leur engagement contre l'épidémie du SIDA"

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