Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), writes on the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill in light of the gross injustice that continues to pervade the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and its aftermath. Also attached is letter by former foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon to William Burns, undersecretary of state, US Department of State in September 2008, which unequivocally states the Indian government's willingness to enforce a liability regime of the US' liking before commencement of nuclear ties. Image, courtesy AP
Newsclick puts it aptly - "The Verdict in the Bhopal gas tragedy case, 2 years sentencing and additional fines is a joke. The message sent is clear: the Indian Govt will overlook any transgressions by MNC's no matter what the damage to showcase India as a good destination for foreign investment." An embedded Newsclick video on the tragedy, compounded by continuing injustice 25 years later. Also read blog by Subodh Varma that lists the litany of questions surrounding the continuing denial of justice to the millions of victims of the tragedy.
The much delayed (in)justice by the recent court judgments providing lax punishments to the many guilty and the continued absconding of the number one criminal Warren Anderson in the monstrous Bhopal Gas Tragedy has added insult to the immense injury and deaths of many of the city's citizens. This editorial by the national newspaper The Hindu minces no words.
Pragoti will publish a detailed response to the court judgement in the next few days. Please watch the space.
It is now 25 years since the Bhopal gas tragedy, the worst industrial disaster in the world. It has been 25 years since the night when a deadly gas engulfed Bhopal from the Union Carbide factory and killed thousands of people. It is one of the most outrageous case of negligence on the part of a MNC, which resulted in the death of thousands and sufferings for many more. However, till date the victims of the monumental massacre await justice.
We reproduce below a letter and memorandum submitted to the PM on this issue.