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Gassed to Death: Bhopal Tragedy is Hard For India to Live Down Even after 35 Years
By Ashish Shukla,
Dec 4, 2019 - 10:40:23 PM

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Gassed to death: Bhopal tragedy is hard for India to live down even after 35 years

Former maintenance worker poses with his old identity card from the defunct Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal where he once worked ©  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

It has been 35 years since the Bhopal disaster struck India and claimed 20,000 lives, but its legal, moral, and historical lessons are relevant to this day - and holds an answer for the nation to come to terms with its trauma.

There were men, women, and children, thousands of them, bursting through the gates of the Bhopal railway platform, emitting a tornado of wails, the crushing pressure dropping them over each other on the tracks, rising, grabbing, and swinging on the doors of my parked train, lunging at the iron rods of my window with a ferocity which threw me deep into my compartment, now swaying like a leaf under the impact.

I was 20, returning from Mumbai, what we once called Bombay, onwards to my ancestral town of Lucknow, and the train had met its scheduled stop-over in Bhopal, almost midway through the journey. It was the early hours of December 3, 1984 and all I could put it to was some sort of riot unfolding, an eye-witness account I would share with my people back home next morning.

Decades of mornings have passed since then, anniversary after anniversary, deaths after deaths, yet one of history's worst industrial disasters, the Bhopal gas tragedy, is still unfolding after it consumed 20,000 lives due to the poisoned air of that night which escaped a chemical plant in the heart of the city. How do I look back when something new keeps happening in these 35 years?

Gassed to death: Bhopal tragedy is hard for India to live down even after 35 yearsA girl from Bhopal who suffers from hearing and speech disorders ©  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Do I start with that terrible night when tonnes of cyanide gas burst through the rusted tanks and broken pipes of a chemical plant in Bhopal, owned by what was then one of the West's multinational poster boys - Union Carbide? The poison that smelled like boiled cabbage enveloping the cluster of slums which sprang up around the factory. Thousands of poor and unprotected rushed out howling deep in the night, blinded and choking, lungs which would burst within the next few hours.

Do I stop and narrate how an enterprising local journalist had seen it coming three years ahead of the tragedy, his warnings unheeded by the politicians of a system which was new to industrial society and treated the gods of capitalism with reverence and awe.

It swallowed the white lie of Union Carbide's owners in the United States that the functioning of the Indian plant was completely the responsibility of local functionaries and they couldn't be held accountable. When the head honcho arrived in India, he went to a plush guesthouse instead of the gallows, his return to New York facilitated by an aircraft of the Indian government. Warren Anderson, the man, was never served a warrant until he died at the age of 92 in 2014.

A demonstrator throws kerosene oil on an effigy depicting Dow Chemical Company, which now owns Union Carbide ©  REUTERS/Thomson Reuters Foundation/Nita Bhalla

Do I ask my readers to worry if India's environmental laws are weak or if the judiciary dithers all too often, sitting on a judgment for decades before slapping the wrists of six local employees with a fine of $2,000 and two-year imprisonment in 2010?

Do I tell them to work out how the demand of $3.3 billion as compensation was scaled down to $470 million by the offenders and accepted without a murmur by the affected?

Do I draw their attention to Bhopal Gas Tragedy 2.0 unfolding every living minute since then as the poisonous chemical waste was dumped outside the factory which has contaminated the soil and the groundwater, consumed by the poor on its periphery?

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That scores of deformed lives still use these killing fields as their playground? That no other state finds it politically expedient if the clean-up of the factory and its chemicals are shifted and buried on their turf?

That the moneybags who are in possession of these abandoned plants now, another American multinational, Dow Chemicals, sees no reason to spare its dollars and clear the mess or pay up the affected?

They, after all, came in 17 years after the tragedy. Of the assets and liabilities they have negotiated with the former owners, they are only willing to play ball on assets.

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Do I talk about how ruthless capitalism exploited weak nations, importing their technology even when legal safety nets were absent in a vulnerable society? How such a toxic presence was allowed a haven within a heavily populated neighborhood? How a new nation keen to secure its place in the Sun overlooked the cost it could entail on the defenseless?

The only reference I can make with certainty is from the history books: Union Carbide played an important role with its chemicals in both World Wars of the 20th century. After DDT was banned by the United States in 1973, Union Carbide began pushing a highly toxic pesticide, Sevin, for the global agriculture industry battling pests, weeds, and viruses. They adopted the template of targeting young nations like India, without a thought to responsible supervision or spending towards its maintenance. India is now wiser by the experience, but the Bhopal gas tragedy lives on, a trauma it still hasn't come to grips with.

By Ashish Shukla, a senior journalist and geopolitical analyst based in India, author of ‘How United States Shot Humanity'. He runs the website NewsBred.

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