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  Bhopal Gas Tragedy: An Analysis
In his discussion of the tragedy, Benoit notes, The unusual aspect of Carbide’s public image is the fact that the public believed Union Carbide was responsible for Bhopal and had not told the truth about it- yet had a generally favorable overall opinion about the company.
Under this section, Browning tries to establishe that Bhopal was a stray incident and should not be held against the corporation because “No analysis of Union Carbide’s reaction to the Bhopal tragedy is possible without recognizing the considerable emphasis the company and its affiliates had placed on safe operations”(Browning).
Bhopal was one of the worst industrial disasters in history.
www.hu.mtu.edu /hu_dept/tc@mtu/papers/bhopal.htm   (3343 words)

  
 Bhopal Disaster
Bhopal was chosen as the site for the Carbide plant because of it's central location in India, a railway system that spanned the country, a large lake which provided a reliable source of water, and sufficient electricity and labor to sustain a large scale industrial plant.
Lawsuits filed in U.S. courts related to the Bhopal case were refused on the grounds that the immediate location of the accident was in India, the victims were Indian, and he U.S. connection with its Indian affiliate did not appear to give it an unusual degree of control.
Since the tragedy, the victims have waged an "unrequited struggle for justice, but they have been ill-served by the Indian government, which failed to pursue the victims' case aggressively in the Indian courts, opting instead to go easy on Union Carbide and maintain a favorable investment climate" (New Statesman and Society, "Toxin..." p.18).
www.american.edu /TED/bhopal.htm   (3049 words)

  
 ERRIS Project ::Bhopal Gas Tragedy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Immediately after the disaster, the Parliament enacted the Bhopal Gas Leak Disaster (Processing of claims) Act in 1985 to ensure that claims arising out of the disaster were dealt with speedily.
The Bhopal disaster raised complex legal, moral and ethical questions about liability of parent companies for their subsidiaries, of transnational companies engaged in hazardous activities, and of governments caught between attracting industry to invest in business development while being in harmony with environment.
If Bhopal was a wake-up call, the call for ongoing improvement in chemical safety has been answered in certain ways by the industry and other stakeholders in some countries.
www.erris.org /bhopal.html   (1220 words)

  
 The GULLY | India | Tragedy in Bhopal Goes On
Tragedy in Bhopal Goes On Two decades later, Union Carbide poisons continue to kill.
Many Bhopal activists say a pro-industry mindset among officials in India's capital, New Delhi, has kept them from pursuing accountability from Union Carbide, whose parent company Dow Chemicals is a top investor in the country.
The head of New Delhi's Bhopal disaster portfolio Ramesh Inder Singh says the issue has languished so long only because the legal nightmare that followed the disaster — over a million claims were lodged — has kept their offices paralyzed.
www.thegully.com /essays/asia/041222_bhopal_india_disast.html   (1287 words)

  
 Bhopal Gas Tragedy Lives On By Scott Baldauf
But for the victims of Bhopal, the gas tragedy is a matter of justice, compensation, and safety - all of which, they say, has been a long time in coming.
While Union Carbide settled a civil suit in 1989 by agreeing to pay victims a lump sum of $470 million, a criminal trial against the company and its top officials is entering its 15th year, with less than half of the few hundred witnesses having testified.
While she is encouraged that the state government is now showing interest in water contamination, she believes that the only people who truly care about the Bhopal gas tragedy are those who have survived it.
www.countercurrents.org /en-baldauf050504.htm   (1098 words)

  
 PANNA: The Bhopal Tragedy: Ten Years After. Joshua Karliner. Global Pesticide Campaigner, Volume 4, Number 4, December ...
The Bhopal Tragedy: Ten Years After By Joshua Karliner The Bhopal gas disaster, which released over 40 tons of lethal methyl-isocyanate from a Union Carbide pesticide factory in India on December 3, 1984, killed thousands of people and affected hundreds of thousands more.
Bhopal is, together with Chernobyl, one of the two worst industrial accidents in history.
In the aftermath of the disaster, Bhopal, India has been and continues to be the site of a ten year long grassroots struggle for justice and corporate accountability.
www.panna.org /resources/pestis/PESTIS.burst.686.html   (2267 words)

  
 Bhopal -21 years of SHAME !
Even worse was the plight of those who survived: 3,60,000 people were afflicted with various forms of disabilities--most of them lost their eyes within seconds of coming in contact with the gas.
NP Mishra of Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal conducted a Post Mortem but the report was not released --even after the workers' repeated protests.
The cost paid by the people of Bhopal the very next month was that of the lives of those Indians--those who died and those who failed to die.
www.geocities.com /psbabusyed/bhopal.html   (641 words)

  
 Bhopal Gas Tragedy
The Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Department, Directorate of Gas Relief and Rehabilitation and Office of the Collector Gas Relief were set up to ensure proper coordination between the State Government and the field formations.
THE TRAGEDY On a cold wintry night of December, 2nd /3rd December, 1984, when the residents of capital city of Bhopal went to their beds, they had no inkling that many of them were doing so for the last time.
The tragedy continues If you happen to pass by the derelict Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal, nothing would strike you as out of the ordinary.
www.indianngos.com /issue/disaster/bhopalgastragedy.htm   (1615 words)

  
 Solar Lanterns Light up Lives of Young Survivors of Bhopal Tragedy
Bhopal, India — The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) today launched Project Chirag an income-generation initiative for young survivors of the world’s worst industrial disaster.
A first in Bhopal, this project is also the first initiative of the Solar Generation, a youth campaign launched by Greenpeace India.
Champa Devi Shukla, Secretary of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh and winner of the International Goldman Environmental Prize this year, said “We have made plans for several other income generating environment-friendly projects and are currently gathering resources and setting up the infrastructure for their implementation.
www.greenpeace.org /india/news/solar-lanterns-light-up-lives   (510 words)

  
 Bhopal disaster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Though the audible external alarm was activated to warn the residents of Bhopal, it was quickly silenced to avoid causing panic among the residents.
Had compensation in Bhopal been paid at the same rate that asbestosis victims were being awarded in US courts by defendants including UCC – which mined asbestos from 1963 to 1985 – the liability would have been greater than the $10 billion the company was worth and insured for in 1984.
On the anniversary of the tragedy, effigies of Anderson and politicians are burnt.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bhopal_Disaster   (2355 words)

  
 BHOPAL GAS TRAGEDY
December brought the news that people had been dropping dead like flies in Bhopal and those who could manage were scrambling into trains which were running away from Bhopal.
As the next shift railway workers streamed in at Bhopal they saw the horrifying sight of their colleagues slumped over at the workspot.
Nobody knew exactly what had happened except that some gas had engulfed Bhopal and as the sun rose the gas diffused and finally dispersed leaving in its wake thousands of humans choking, coughing and blinded.
www.irastimes.org /bhopal_gas_tragedy.htm   (1377 words)

  
 Bhopal tragedy: The story so far
November 11, 1991: Criminal cases against all the accused are revived in the Bhopal court.
The Bhopal gas tragedy has sadly exemplified the apparent lack of concern of both the state and the central governments for the victims of the...
I wonder on what basis the CBI requested the Bhopal magistrate to dilute the charges against Anderson, 'coz thats not negligence its clear case of...
in.rediff.com /news/2004/dec/01bhopal.htm   (985 words)

  
 APEX PRESS Catalog -- Fairness in America
In Bhopal: The Inside Story, T.R. Chouhan, a former worker in the plant, tells for the first time what it was like to work in the factory that was destined to go down in history as the site of the world’s worst industrial accident and recounts in detail how the disaster occurred.
She serves as a medical advisor to the Bhopal Sambhavna Clinic offering free medical care to survivors and is donating the royalties of this book to the clinic.
A report for the Citizens Commission on Bhopal, this was the first book-length account of the Bhopal tragedy and its implications for American workers and communities exposed to similar risks.
www.cipa-apex.org /cat_bhopal.htm   (1997 words)

  
 My HomePlace - Bhopal, India
Yes, in Bhopal everybody is a chieftain and everybody is (like) your Uncle!!.Apart from talking other passions of Bhopalis include paan,Shayaris and Qawalis.Just try to find one wall in Bhopal which would not prove the Bhopalis' love of paan.
Bhopal is the home town of the ex President of India, Shri.
Bhopal and Me am a native of Kerala, and I was born and brought up in Bhopal, I did my entire schooling in Bhopal, at HEMA school (KG to Class III) and Jawaharlal Nehru Higher Secondary School (Class IV upwards).As a matter of fact I also did my degree in this very city.
www.angelfire.com /ks/arunksworld/Bhopal.html   (1290 words)

  
 Students for Bhopal
Bhopal, the “Hiroshima of the chemical industry,” is the world’s worst-ever industrial disaster.
It was the year when student and youth supporters from at least 30 campuses in the US and India took action against Dow Chemical or in support of the demands of the Bhopal survivors.
As we enter the 20th year of the unfolding Bhopal disaster, we can, with your support, convey to Dow Chemical that the fight for justice in Bhopal is getting stronger and will continue till justice is done.
www.studentsforbhopal.org   (268 words)

  
 Bhopal Disaster/Tragedy - Could Such a Chemical Disaster Happen in the United States?
To understand how the disaster in Bhopal is relevant to chemical dangers here in the Western world, one must first understand the ways in which the Union Carbide pesticide plant caused the deaths and health problems.
At the site of the closed Union Carbide pesticide-manufacturing plant in Bhopal, bags of chemicals are piled around by the hundreds, with most spilling their contents because the bags are decaying.
Indeed, the group Bhopal Medical Appeal reports that since the disaster, survivors have been plagued with an epidemic of cancers, menstrual disorders, and what one doctor described as "monstrous births" (retardation and gruesome birth defects).
www.grinningplanet.com /2004/12-07/bhopal-disaster-tragedy-article.htm   (1929 words)

  
 Second tragedy at Bhopal: Lapierre
Warning of a second tragedy here, 20 years after the Bhopal gas disaster, noted author Dominique Lapierre on Thursday asked the Indian government to intensify efforts to force Dow Chemicals to clean up hazardous chemicals left behind in the Union Carbide factory.
However, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation has been supplying water in these areas through tankers, he said, adding that two more tankers would be added to the fleet.
A memorial of gas tragedy victims is also planned to be constructed at the factory premises.
www.rediff.com /news/2004/dec/02bhopal.htm   (448 words)

  
 Bhopal Tragedy Victims Remembered
BHOPAL, 4 December 2003 — The victims of the Bhopal gas disaster, the world’s worst industrial catastrophe, were remembered here yesterday.
Bhopal, now a city of about 1.5 million, hummed with activities as usual with no signs of remorse for the dead while a handful of NGOs, struggling over the years, tried to pump up the sagging spirits of the survivors not to give up but continue to strive for justice.
When the settlement amount for the Bhopal gas victims was fixed at $470 million in 1989 (7150 million rupees at the exchange rate prevailing at that time), the general impression was that it is a complete sell-out of the interests of the victims.
www.arabnews.com /?page=4§ion=0&article=35901&d=4&m=12&y=2003&pix=world.jpg&category=World   (694 words)

  
 Bhopal Gas Tragedy - the pain lingers on - Sify.com
Another fall out of the tragedy is that the people have burnt all their earnings in their medical care as the gas relief hospitals do little in providing us good medicines.
The government established 38 work centers in Bhopal to provide training and work for women because so many men were killed or permanently disabled by the Union Carbide gas.
And last but not the least, we hope Bhopal offers a valuable lesson for all and there is an international law that will make corporations like Union Carbide liable for their actions.
sify.com /news/othernews/fullstory.php?id=13622598   (884 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | World 'failed' Bhopal gas victims
The leak of tonnes of methyl isocyanate gas at the plant in the central Indian city of Bhopal owned by Union Carbide, now a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, led to one of the world's worst environmental disasters.
Bhopal activists said they hoped Dow Chemicals would now respond and help end people's suffering.
Amnesty International is demanding that Dow Chemical agrees to participate in the Indian-based case despite its 1989 settlement.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/south_asia/4050739.stm   (598 words)

  
 CNN.com - Bhopal marks chemical tragedy - Dec 3, 2004
Bhopal gas leak victims protest against Union Carbide 20 years on.
A poison gas leak in Bhopal, India, still has not been cleaned up.
BHOPAL, India (CNN) -- People in the Indian city of Bhopal are mourning the victims of a deadly chemical leak in 1984 that killed tens of thousands.
www.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/asiapcf/12/02/india.bhopal.mark/index.html   (459 words)

  
 Bhopal Tragedy without End by Laxmi Murthy
The report, 'Surviving Bhopal: Toxic Present, Toxic Future', which focuses on human and environmental chemical contamination, makes it clear that the toxic legacy of the Bhopal gas leak continues till date, especially in the heavily-populated areas around the plant.
While the tragedy continues, with affected people forced to consume contaminated water and food, it is apparent that the grim lessons of Bhopal are yet to be learnt.
Yet, as Tomas Mac Sheoin's report on the Union Carbide Corporation notes, "It is one of the bitter ironies of Bhopal that its major reformist effects were felt in Union Carbide's home country." Inspired by the disaster and the public response to it, the US increased its regulatory activities.
www.boloji.com /wfs/wfs0001.htm   (1238 words)

  
 Protests, vigils mark 21st anniversary of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy
Environmental activists began a series of protests and vigils in India on Friday to mark the 21st anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy, which claimed thousands of lives and is still killing.
In Bhopal, a museum dedicated to victims of the tragedy was inaugurated Friday.
Bhopal rights activists say the real figure is double that while Amnesty International estimated last year that between 22,000 and 25,000 people had died as a result of the tragedy.
www.terradaily.com /2005/051202151340.tt826szp.html   (684 words)

  
 What happened in Bhopal?
On the night of Dec. 2nd and 3rd, 1984, a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, began leaking 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate.
The gas-affected people of Bhopal continue to succumb to injuries sustained during the disaster, dying at the rate of one each day.
Thus the victims in Bhopal have been left in the lurch, told to fend for themselves as corporate executives elude justice and big corporations elude the blame.
www.bhopal.org /whathappened.html   (1656 words)

  
 Bhopal Disaster | Greenpeace USA
The chemical factory responsible for this disaster belonged to Union Carbide, which negotiated a settlement with the Indian Government in 1989 for $470 million - a total of only $370 to $533 per victim - a sum too small to pay for most medical bills.
In 1987, a Bhopal District Court charged Union Carbide officials, including then CEO Warren Anderson, with culpable homicide, grievous assault and other serious offences.
A whole new generation continues to get sick, from cancer and birth defects to everyday impacts of aches and pains, rashes, fevers, eruptions of boils, headaches, nausea, lack of appetite, dizziness, and constant exhaustion.
www.greenpeace.org /usa/campaigns/toxics/justice-for-bhopal   (284 words)

  
 Mumbai Special - Mourning the Bhopal gas tragedy on film
The Bhopal Gas Tragedy that occurred in December 1984 continues to haunt after almost two decades even as people who were exposed to the poisonous gas continue to suffer.
Unlike the fictionalised version of the tragedy in Bhopal Express, Khattau s film explores the real stories of people in the aftermath of the tragedy.
She says,  The film is a personal exploration of the city of Bhopal and its people, years after the world s worst industrial accident ravaged the city.
www.mid-day.com /ENTERTAINMENT/MUMBAI_SPECIAL/2002/April/22806.htm   (221 words)

  
 NRIPulse.com^^^Home Of The Indian American Family
Since the day of the tragedy when Rasheeda Bi woke up to a ‘pungent smell of irritation of something like burning chilis’ she has lost six family members to cancer.
The tragedy also known as the ‘Hiroshima of the chemical industry’ is estimated to have caused the death of around 8,000 people in the first week and almost 20,000 people have died to date.
Ryan Bodanyi is the Student Coordinator for the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB), and coordinates the student network Students for Bhopal (www.studentsforbhopal.org).
nripulse.com /Focus_Bhopal.htm   (1352 words)

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