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Updated: December 3, 2011 03:17 IST

Bhopal victims to stop trains from today

Mahim Pratap Singh
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On the eve of the 27th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy, survivors demonstrate in front of a replica of the London Olympic Stadium in the Madhya Pradesh capital in protest against the choice of Dow Chemical as sustainability partner of the 2012 Olympics. Photo: A.M.Faruqui
On the eve of the 27th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy, survivors demonstrate in front of a replica of the London Olympic Stadium in the Madhya Pradesh capital in protest against the choice of Dow Chemical as sustainability partner of the 2012 Olympics. Photo: A.M.Faruqui

Seek adequate compensation from Carbide, Dow Chemical

On the 27th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy on Saturday, victims and survivors, still waiting for relief, will register their protest by launching an indefinite rail roko andolan (stop trains).

“On December 3, please don't travel by train. Change your reservations now. We are sorry to cause you inconvenience but stopping the trains is the only effective way we can think of to get our urgent and important message through to the Prime Minister and the government,” read a notice on the Bhopal.net website, which is endorsed by five survivor organisations.

According to Bhopal Group for Information and Action member Rachna Dhingra: “We have been trying to talk to the government about this issue for a year without any resolution and all other modes of protest seem to have had little impact on the government.”

Adequate compensation

The victims' major demand is adequate compensation from Union Carbide Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company — the compensation which was “denied to us because the government sold us out in 1989 and let the corporation walk away; also, last year's curative petition filed by the government massively downplays the number of deaths and the severity of injuries.”

Members of another organisation of survivors, the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS), will stage a sit-in in front of the official residence of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan to press the demand for “setting things right” at the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC).

“The BMHRC refuses dialysis to patients with total renal failure after the first month, and private clinics are neither safe nor affordable to the poor patients,” says Abdul Jabbar, one of the first-generation victims and convener of the BGPMUS.

Yet another anniversary of the Bhopal tragedy in which we have not
acquitted ourselves effectively as would a big nation do. Not only Dow
Chemicals/Union Carbides have been let off but the governments of the
day had gifted it yet another project, one dealing with research of
poisonous gases, at Pune where the local authorities colluded with by
giving police protection to finish the work. But for the vigilance of
the local farmers, the deal would have gone through. US government
had the audacity to tell our government a year back to ensure that the
cry against Dow is abated. Yet the emerging power that is India
meekly listened to it. US enacted a laws to help its companies
operating abroad to come out of the clutches of local law for their
liabilities. Yet when it comes to nuclear liability at home, US is
singing a different tune. Lastly, Britain is conducting Olympics in
which Dow is one of the sponsors.

from:  s subramanyan
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 11:46 IST

"Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee!"- John Donne.

from:  Gershom Chelliah
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 11:10 IST

Prof Murthy's efforts ARE LAUDABLE &NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE SAME.

WHAT OUR GOVT HAS DONE FOR CURATIVE PETITION - DILUTED ISSUE. WAH RE
INDIA TERA KHEL SASTA JAAN MEHENGA TEL (OIL).

THE LIVING DEAD HAVE TO BE TAKEN CARE OF - MEDICAL HELP IS PRACTICALLY
NEGLECTED IN OUR COUNTRY BY THE GOVT. THE STATE OR CENTRAL CLINICS AT
NON METRO LEVELS ARE PATHETIC - EQUIVALENT TO JUST QUACKS SHOPS.

AND WE TALK ABOUT FLYING BEYOND THE MOON. SHRI APJ ABDUL KALAMJI WILL
YOU TAKE PERSONAL CARE OF THIS BHOPAL VICTIMS AT LEAST??

WILL THE STATE GOVT & UPA LEADERS EVER WAKE UP TO THIS ISSUE - WHICH
IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE MILITANCY & NAXALISM & MAOISM IN OUR
COUNTRY??

from:  Venkatramani
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 10:12 IST

The anniversary of Bhopal disaster provides an opportunity to relook at the unfulfilled needs of the populations of Bhopal. I have been working with the population of Bhopal since Feb 1985. My own understanding is that in addition to adequate compensation, emphasised in the news item there are three other needs that needs attention, namely (i) health care; (ii) social rehabilitation; and (iii) rebuilding of the community. Firstly, Bhopal population high health needs both from the exposure to the disaster and the feeling of being affected by the chemical exposure. I commonly hear from people the following statements: ‘we are like living dead’; ‘we will never be normal’; ‘ our bodies have become weak and there is no resistance’; ‘feel angry about the people who caused the disaster’. The disaster event has become the reference point for most of the population. Current health services are fragmented. There is need for building a Comprehensive, coordinated, committed, continuous care for the population. The reorganisation of the health services should be supported by fresh research to understand the continuing health needs of the population and the best evidence based interventions to address them. Secondly, there were a wide variety of other social problems, prevalent in all communities, complicated the health needs of the population like, ‘old age’; ‘childlessness and feeling who will care for me’; ‘loss of young family member to cancer’ ; ‘older spouses and fears of loss of support in the event of death of spouse’ ; ‘lack of employment opportunities for the young persons’; ‘ limited vocational opportunities for women’; problems of division of the compensation money among the different family members’. There is need for large scale social rehabilitation programmes to cover the total population.Thirdly, the community is also damaged as pointed out by the people: patients and families report, ‘atomisation’ of the society-‘ every one for himself/herself’; ‘you can not depend on others’; ‘ money has divided us’ ‘ no one has time for others’; ‘ we do not sit and share among ourselves’. There is need rebuilding a caring community by community mobilisation activities and making the total rehabilitation a programme of the of the people.
All these areas need urgent attention in Bhopal.

from:  Prof.R.Srinivasa Murthy
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 09:18 IST
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