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10 Apr 2008

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

Victims of the Bhopal Disaster: Abandoned to Their Fate

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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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)