Archive for December 4th, 2009

Bhopal Gas Disaster : Ritual of 2 December.

4 December 2009
Methyl Isocyanate released by Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, owned by the then third largest chemicals company in the USA, killed between 8,000 to 10,000 people on the night of 2 December 1984. Arguably it  is the worst industrial disaster wherein duplicity & criminal culpability charge has been made against the company and even the government agencies, but there has been no serious trial & conviction. Warren Anderson, the then head of the company, has an arrest warrant issued by an Indian court against him.
Both the houses of parliament participated in the yearly ritual of paying homage to the victims for the twenty-fifth time.
Speaker Meira Kumar said, “even after two decades and a half, the pain and anguish of the survivors continue to torment us.
Sitaram Yechury lamented over the “criminal negligence in payment of compensation to victims“.
Parliament, that embodies the Will of the people, pays only empty homilies year after year.
Concerned citizens of Bhopal & other cities though valiantly fight to not let the memories of that tragedy & the continuing sufferings of the victims who were unlucky to have been spared death on that fateful day to pass into oblivion & obscurity.
Last Year IITs are said to have spurned the advances from Dow Chemicals who took over Union Carbide for sponsorships & placements.
People carry torches during a march to mark the 24th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy in December 2008. Photo Courtesy: AFP
Survivors continue to suffer from illness, state neglect & mounting debts.