Bhopal Gas tragedy & The Congress


BHOPAL GAS TRAGEDY is the world’s worst ever industrial catastrophe and it happened on the night of December 2, 1984. 26 years after it happened, Bhopal Gas Tragedy has come to haunt the Congress once again. When this tragedy happened in 1984, Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India and Arjun Singh was the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. Centre and state both were ruled by the Congress. But now both are trying to absolve themselves of the sin and their culpability and complicity.

Let me briefly put few facts here. Warren Anderson’s UNION CARBIDE CORPORATION was given the licence to produce pesticides in their Madhya Pradesh factory. On the cruel and fateful day in 1984, a dangerous gas METHYL ISOCYANATE leaked and more than 15000 people got killed, and lakhs were maimed. Many generation later, people are still suffering from genetic disorder. 25 years after the gas leak,  390 tons of toxic chemicals abandoned at the UCIL plant continue to leak and pollute the ground water in the region.

Showing fake concern, government of the day swung into action but nothing happened. Few people got compensation and the case dragged on. Now the judgement have been pronounced and seven former officials of UNION CARBIDE were convicted and given a two-year jail term. But the main accused, former UNION CARBIDE CORPORATION chief Warren Anderson went scot-free.

Before moving ahead, let us ponder over few facts. Four days after the gas leak Anderson flew to Bhopal from MUMBAI ( then Bombay ) by an Indian Airlines flight. He was accompanied  by the chairman Keshub Mahindra and MD V. P. Gokhale. Bhopal DM Moti Singh and SP Swaraj Puri met them on the tarmac. Anderson and his colleagues were taken to the Carbide guest house in an official Ambassador car. They entered the guest house through the back door to avoid the waiting media. Inside the guest house they were informed that they all are under arrest. Soon a magistrate appeared and read the charges. They were charged of culpable homicide. At the same time Chief Minister Arjun Singh received a mysterious call and within six hours of his arrest , Anderson was a free man again . He was released on on a bail of Rs.  25,000.00. He was taken out of the guest house and was provided a state plane to fly to Delhi. Two days after his release, he boarded his private jet for the USA.

May I ask few questions ? Who was the mysterious caller ? Who can call and order the Chief Minister ? Why was Anderson provided a state plane in Bhopal ? Why no action was taken in Delhi ? And finally why was he not prevented from boarding his private jet for USA ? Now central leaders of Congress are saying that it was Arjun Singh’s responsibility. Can a Chief Minister act on his own when a tragedy of such magnitude happened ?

This is very brief history. So many youngsters were not even born then. Many people have already forgotten the BHOPAL GAS TRAGEDY and have moved on. But after the judgements, skeletons are coming out of the Congress cupboard. It is now alleged that Anderson was released under US pressure. It is alleged that Rajiv Gandhi called Arjun Singh and Chief Minister acted on his order. In my opinion under such circumstances a Chief Minister can not take decisions on his own. Even if we assume that Arjun Singh was acting on his own and Rajiv Gandhi knew nothing then the question arises : what kind of Prime Minister was ruling us then ? A tragedy of such magnitude happened and our Prime Minister knew nothing, did nothing !!

Rajiv Gandhi is hailed as the visionary and harbinger of a new era in India by his sycophants. God bless us and save us from such visionaries.

vidur

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  1. # The Government of India passed the Bhopal Gas Leak Disaster Act that gave the government rights to represent all victims in or outside India.[4]
    # UCC offered US$ 350 million, the insurance sum.[4] The Government of India claimed US$ 3.3 billion from UCC.[4] In 1989, a settlement was reached under which UCC agreed to pay US$470 million (the insurance sum, plus interest) in a full and final settlement of its civil and criminal liability.[4]

    Compared to $3.3 billion $470 million looks less

    In 1989 Union Carbide had an out of court settlement with Indian govt. (Congress was in power) and paid $470 million.

    We still have no funds to clean up site in Bhopal.

    If v the money paid by Union Carbide was not enough then why didn’t u asked 4 more?

    Rehabilitation’s loud promise won’t save congress’s face today.

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the decision of the lower federal courts in October 1993, meaning that victims of the Bhopal disaster could not seek damages in a US court.[48] The Rajiv Gandhi government reached an out of court settlement for compensation for the victims.

    source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster

    The arrest, which took place at the airport, assured Anderson would meet no harm by the Bhopal community. Anderson was taken to Union Carbide’s house after which he was released six hours later on $2,100 bail and flown out on a government plane.

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