Union Carbide-a grim reminder

This was the Union Carbide Guest House in Bhopal at the time of the 1984 gas disaster. Photo:  Lalit Shastri

 

 

Lalit Shastri

Standing on top of Shamla hill, overlooking the picturesque Upper Lake of Bhopal are buildings that once housed the Union Carbide guest house and research center. Thirty-four years after the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster, these structures have become a grim reminder of how the local authorities had given the primacy of place to a multinational company and when disaster struck on the midnight of 2 and 3 December 1984 the contraption was allowed to get away with what Bhopal citizens called “mass murder” – a charge that eventually got reduced to death by negligence and culpable homicide not amounting to murder

Bhopal has gone through 34 years of continuous disaster

Prakash Pillai

Thirty-four years after world’s worst industrial holocaust, Madhya Pradesh and Union governments still mulling ways to dispose poisonous Carbide waste & undertake remedial measures to treat ground water contamination.

Victims of Bhopal Gas Disaster, their families and offspring are still suffering— there is no long-term healthcare or economic rehabilitation for them. Barring a pittance paid as compensation, the governments could neither provide safe drinking water and medicines nor a continuous mechanism to ensure economic rehabilitation for them. It can happen only in India.

Of the 34 years, 17 years each Congress and the “nationalist” BJP government have been in power in MP. Three-time Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has lived in a delusion that he made MP roads better than the US, while our other politicians are tracing and redefining their gotras and chasing statues and mandir. It seems these are the only pressing issues left to be addressed in this country, where still one-third of the population goes to sleep without one-time food. Jai Ho!”


The author, Prakash Pillai, is a senior journalist, now with the Times of India.

Inter-Schools Football Tournament concludes in Doha

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Doha: ISC ( Indian Sports Centre ), in association with QFA ( Qatar Football Association), held its closing ceremony of INTER SCHOOLS FOOTBALL Tournament at Doha Stadium for the categories under 12 and under 14.

The football tournament was attended by QFA Director Khalid Al Kuwari , Ambassador of Croatia Mr Drago , M S Bukhari, Chairman Corporate ISC , Ramesh Bulchandani, Homes R Us sponsors of the event , Karim Abdulla and ISC officials.

Corporate ISC head MS Bukhari has praised the Government of Qatar appreciated the support of QFA in organising the event.