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25th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster

Twenty-five years ago this week, in the early hours of Dec. 3, 1984, large amounts of water entered a tank at the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India. That water reacted with the 42 tons of methyl isocyanate inside, raising temperature and pressure so high that it began venting massive amounts of gas made up of methyl isocyanate, phosgene, hydrogen cyanide and more. The poisonous cloud swept through neighborhoods near the boundary wall, waking sleeping residents with burning throats and eyes, killing about 4,000 people in the first few hours. Over the next few years, the lingering effects increased that toll to about 15,000 dead, according to government estimates. A quarter-century later thousands of people are still grappling with the effects of the world's worst industrial accident and the continued contamination. Union Carbide was bought by Dow Chemical in 2001, and Dow claims the legal case was resolved in 1989, with responsibility for continued cleanup now falling to the local state government. (28 photos total)

A policeman points to the gas tank which vented its contents into the atmosphere in 1984, at the site of the deserted Union Carbide factory on November 28, 2009 in Bhopal, India. Twenty-five years after a massive gas leak at the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal killed thousands, toxic material from the 'biggest industrial disaster in history' continues to affect Bhopalis. A new generation is growing up sick, disabled and struggling for justice. The effects of the disaster on the health of generations to come, both through genetics, transferred from gas victims to their children and through the ongoing severe contamination, caused by the Union Carbide factory, has only started to develop visible forms recently. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
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98 comments so far...
1.

Sad...

Posted by SleeD November 30, 09 12:57 PM
2.

what is your mission statement, Mr. Big Picture? to bring news in best quality photos?
what are the criteria for the news to be featured in the BBP? anyway - one can see that your approach is DIFFERENT (while covering the most popular topics). thanks for that.

Posted by augis November 30, 09 01:08 PM
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Dow Chemicals MUST pay for the clean-up and medical bills for all those affected by the 1984 tragedy NOW!

Posted by Broomstick November 30, 09 01:11 PM
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Many parts of India are corrupt due to big corporations that provide kick back to the government. - Of course, where is this not the issue?
Although jobs are created, the poor are affected by lack of rules and regulations which are broken by the corps and govt.
At the end, you are on your own. And history has shown this to us many times.

Posted by J K November 30, 09 01:13 PM
5.

I've found some answers to my questions. If anybody else is interested in the BBP's "founding ideas" please read Alan's blog entry here: http://www.kokogiak.com/gedankengang/arch/2008_06_01_archive.html

Posted by augis November 30, 09 01:33 PM
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This is incredibly sad. :(

Though I have to say: "Over the next few years, the lingering effects nearly doubled the toll again, to about 15,000 dead, according to government estimates. "

Doubling the toll of 4000 would only put it at 8000, not 15000.

Posted by Carrie November 30, 09 01:35 PM
7.

Another perfect example of large companies doing whatever they want and when disaster strikes they simply walk away from the horrors. They should be held responsible and pay for their mistakes.

Very sad story it's the first I ever heard of this industrial accident.

Posted by madrox November 30, 09 01:41 PM
8.

Alan, thanks for this fantastic spread.

I'm not sure if this is appropriate to post here, but Autorickshaw's song 'City of Lakes' is online. All proceeds to the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, offering free care to the survivors:

http://autorickshaw.bandcamp.com/album/city-of-lakes

Ed

Posted by Ed Hanley November 30, 09 01:50 PM
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Dow Chemical says it is not responsible for cleaning up the site? Well, when you buy out the company that IS responsible, who should take on the responsibility then?

Don't buy up companies if you can't clean up their messes..

Posted by Matt W November 30, 09 01:50 PM
10.

If only our regional papers in the UK published stories this interesting, moving and beautiful, perhaps people might actually read them!

Posted by Andy November 30, 09 01:54 PM
11.

If Dow thinks they are not responsible for clean up, then who do they think is responsible?

Posted by C November 30, 09 02:03 PM
12.

Thanks @Carrie, fixed that sentence in the introduction.

Posted by alan taylor November 30, 09 02:04 PM
13.

Thanks for opening my eyes daily to a world I may never know if it weren't for these pictures.

Posted by Jim November 30, 09 02:14 PM
14.

One of the worst White Collar Crime incidents to ever happen!

Posted by Brandon November 30, 09 02:42 PM
15.

Union Carbide produces "Eveready" batteries :- popular in India; Do boycott their products. (But not printed anywhere on the product)

Posted by Venkatesh Nandakumar November 30, 09 02:50 PM
16.

I did not hear about Bhopal until I saw "The Yes Men Fix The World". It's a worthwhile film to see.

Posted by Viz November 30, 09 03:02 PM
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I'm not entirely sure that Dow should be blamed or responsible for the accident. It's times like these you have to look at where the problem lies. You don't see massive industrial disasters happening here, yet they do in foreign parts of the world with astonishing regularity, and you can put this issue in that basket. Same company is 100% safe here, yet killing tens of thousands of people overseas...

So who's to blame? The environment that these companies were forced to work in, corrupt officials and low work standards will always cause problems. That's where the problem should be first looked at, and the Indian government as much as admitted this when they bought out Union Carbide India (which Dow do NOT own, Dow bought other parts of Union Carbide. That's where the responsibility should lie, for their own people.

Posted by Art Haynes November 30, 09 03:16 PM
18.

This is very tragic for those people. It's always the populace that pays when these disasters occurs. Very sad...

Posted by Guillaume November 30, 09 04:19 PM
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Art Haynes: Union Carbide opted for lower security measures in their Bhopal plant compared to similar plants in the US, much lower or no staff security education, worse or no security equipment and so on. In short, they knew they'd get away with risking peoples lives so they did. It made economic sense for them. And until mega-corps like DOW/UC are forced to begin to rectify for the death and despair they have caused there will surely be hundreds or thousands of similar corporations taking the same risk, again with poorer peoples lives at stake.

Posted by Jonas November 30, 09 04:22 PM
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@ArtHaynes: You do have a valid point about corrupt officials and low work standards, but when you say "the same company is 100% safe here" (presuming 'here' implies 'in the US'), how are you defining "safe" and which company are you talking about? Dow Chemical? Union Carbide? Check the facts: Dow has one of the worst environment track records of all companies to date in the US (one estimate puts it at #3 worst offenders) and that's without mentioning their involvement in Napalm, Agent Orange, DBCP... Union Carbide's track record is only marginally better than that of Dow and nothing to write home about, its history is replete with examples of employees dying due to accidents in their factories, employees being exposed to carcinogens and radioactive compounds beyond what's considered "normal", fines levied by various US state governments for environmental (air, water, ...) pollutions and so on.

Specifically about the Bhopal disaster, Union Carbide's inpection team itself warned the company as early as in May, 1982 that the Bhopal plan plant was unsafe, and two months (Sept 1984) before the Bhopal tragedy, an internal Union Carbide memo warned of the possibility of catastrophic failure of the methyl isocyanide (MIS) gas storage tanks in West Virginia. Any "100% safe"ty conscious company would have made an enhanced effort to ensure safety in response to such memos, but there's absolutely no evidence that Union Carbide did anything at all.

Posted by UVR November 30, 09 05:13 PM
21.

Simply unbelievable.

Posted by Anonymous November 30, 09 06:22 PM
22.

There's a good chance that every single person commenting here has a financial as well as am ethical interest in this. Your pension fund, your healthcare package, your insurance, your banks, your government: all are likely to be investing in Dow, and we are all likely to be profiting on the back of their denial. Maybe it's worth asking those financial institutions you are paying to drop all holdings of Dow, and personally stop buying their products?

Posted by Craig November 30, 09 07:00 PM
23.

I m surprised. Why was there no feature on thanksgiving? And I guess, this is an American news blog.

Posted by json November 30, 09 07:12 PM
24.

Art Haynes

Good points, but if the company accepted the profits, they should also accept the responsibilities.

Posted by paul w November 30, 09 09:17 PM
25.

Is anyone here surprised that the people are STILL waiting?

No.

And, why is that?

Posted by paul w November 30, 09 09:19 PM
26.

From what I've read before the plant was a joint venture between DOW and the Indian government. Therefore DOW isn't entirely responsible for this atrocity for what it's worth.

Posted by greg November 30, 09 09:37 PM
27.

Thank God for the environmental and safety regulations in the US, and other progressive countries. Look at India and China - this goes on everyday. Coal mine deaths in China, and bare foot men and children working a extremely hazardous conditions in India.

Posted by Larry Williams November 30, 09 10:44 PM
28.

If this accident happened in China, I guess lots of people would jump out to condemn the evil communist government. In this case, seems no one blame the blood sucking Cap..list system.

Posted by PPL November 30, 09 10:45 PM
29.

Thank You for spreading the info, thank You for raising the awareness!
Chemical industry has much more severe effects on environment and people than for example nuclear industry.
As was said above - we should be informed where our investment money goes and what price our pensions (could) have. Only then can we start thinking about trying to change anything.

Thank You, the photographers and everybody else who make this kind of reporting possible!

Posted by Aksel December 1, 09 12:35 AM
30.

I have to agree with the protectors who say that Dow should clean up this sight. Regardless of responsibility, Dow claims to be a company of progress for humanity. Isn't progress also setting aside blame and simply doing what is best for the people?

Posted by Lizzie December 1, 09 12:39 AM
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Re: comment 27

Larry, are you being serious? Exactly how does the “environmental and safety regulations” in the US make our environmental hazards, like the Tennessee coal-ash spill or the recent nuclear power plant leak in Salem NJ, any better than the those in South & East Asia?

Posted by Alex December 1, 09 12:44 AM
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Whether Dow Chemical or Union Carbide, some entity owes it to these people to clean up the mess made and to help the survivors. Global corporations are raping and pillaging natural and human resources (or as they refer to people, "human capital) and they are willing to do whatever it takes to fatten the bottom line.

You may be too busy in your own life to do much, but one easy action to take is to spend your money with discretion; don't support these corporate behemoths, do a little research and make or two decisions a year (in a few years, many consumers can make a big impact) to buy alternatives or do without, it's not that hard.

Thanks for the pics. It's a hard truth to face but there was nothing about this on my local news sites nor my Google news page...why is that, I wonder...oh, that's right, the media's bought.

Posted by Carolynne December 1, 09 01:04 AM
33.

Very sad :(

Posted by AP_Lash December 1, 09 02:12 AM
34.

It is so important that we remember what has happened and continues to happen in Bhopal -- of grave concern right now is the ongoing water contamination which continues to claim victims on a daily basis. How much is it to ask that the people of Bhopal be allowed to drink clean water?

The Indian government must take care of their citizens and the Dow Chemical Company must own up to the liabilities inherited during the purchase of Union Carbide in 2001 -- Dow must clean up this derelict and poisonous factory.

Anything less from India's government and Dow is legally and morally unacceptable.

Posted by Tony December 1, 09 03:45 AM
35.

What king of photographs are these? Is this the muppet show? I almost don't see real Bophal disaster in them.

Posted by Javier December 1, 09 03:47 AM
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#23--I dont think boston.com has ever categorized themselves as an American News blog. They have always tried to cover news from all over the world. I am sure many of u Americans wouldnt have heard about Bhopal gas tragedy before.

Posted by Sujit December 1, 09 04:00 AM
37.

When the Yes Men posed as Dow Chemical officials on BBC television and announced that Dow would clean up its mess, its share price lost $2 billion in a single day. A morally correct action, though fictitious, was punished mercilessly. What would have happened to the executives of Dow if they had actually done this? They would have lost their jobs, and had difficulty finding another one. They had everything to lose by doing the honorable thing, and billions of dollars in profit to ignore the suffering they benefited from. This is the system of which we are all a part, even if we don't like it.

Posted by Justin December 1, 09 05:41 AM
38.

#27 thanks the US for there great regulations well the US only has there awesome economy and great regulations due to out sourcing to poorer countries.

For capitalism to be successful many have to suffer. We need change in this world cause anything that doesn't benefit everyone and everything does not belong in our future! One Planet One Love for all...

Posted by jhawk December 1, 09 06:27 AM
39.

I am an Indian, and I know how things work in India, certainly it is not that only Union carbide who is responsible, it also the corrupt babus(bureaucrats) and netas(the politicians) in govt and the corrupt managers, inefficiency in the system to blame.

Everything from top to bottom is corrupt. An equal amount of people dies of become blind EVERY YEAR in India due to consumption of illegal alcohol (methyl one), YET NO ONE is punished!! It happens AGAIN AND AGAIN, and no union carbide to blame there!

people Shame on us!!!

Posted by Sree December 1, 09 06:42 AM
40.

Don't worry, folks. Daddy Warbucks found water on the moon. Maybe, he will find the real people for his Bhopals on Mars.

The Indian government knew the cost of placing this plant where it allowed.

Harry Patch said 'the third world war is chemical.' We've been in it for some time now.

Posted by edith hughes December 1, 09 06:44 AM
41.

Thanks for bringing this issue internationaly.

@39 Sree - Thanks for reminding that India is corrupt!
Who is responsible (giving votes) to government like this? you!
Who is responsible for not spreading word about good governance? you!
Who did not protest corruption? you!
Who want to sit on bank and clean the corrupt river? you!
Or
Who want to sit on bank and cry of corrupt river? you!

Who can do all the cleanup? you and we all!
...

At the end when we say "India is corrupt" it means "We the people of India" are corrupt! And yes, its a shame on us!


And on the funnier side of the picture, no offences please, the wall graphics on pic 26 says(in Hindi language), Use 'Japanese oil' to regain masculinity!

Posted by NEIL December 1, 09 09:33 AM
42.

number 27 is awful :(

Posted by Mark December 1, 09 11:39 AM
43.

I subscribed to this feed because it brought me many wonderful images from all over the world.
Lately I watched many very sad pics of childs suffering and for a moment I thought about canceling the subscription because I coudln't bear the view.

Then I understood that knowledge doesnt'harm.

Thank you for your wonderful work: go on and I'll follow.

Posted by Bob Milan December 1, 09 11:58 AM
44.

I agree that Dow took on Union Carbide's liability when it purchased its shares. If you want to buy the apple, the worm is yours too.

But Union Carbide paid half a billion dollars restitution to the Indian government twenty years ago -- as ordered by the verdict handed down by the Indian courts. As I understand it the Indian government was to pay this out to its affected citizens.
If reports are to be believed, and you can look this up on Dow's web site and elsewhere, apparently the Indian government feels it paid out *all* outstanding claims. And yet, (again, if media reports are to be believed), there is a remaining balance of over 300 million dollars.

I'd be interested in finding out what happened to *that* money.

Posted by Ingo December 1, 09 02:14 PM
45.

People are blaming this accident on capitalism? What was going in India in 1984 didn't have a whole lot to do with capitalism. That didn't really hit its stride until 1991. The entity responsible for the disaster was a combined entity, and that is why it all went wrong. Because of the "shared" responsibility, neither owner felt they were actually responsible. If Union Carbide had owned the plant outright, they would have maintained it better, but if the accident had still happened, the matter would be much simpler & UC would have been properly held responsible. This is a good case for the allowance of direct foreign investment.

That being said, I agree that if the Indian government can get it's stuff together and commit to re-build Bhopal like the US did with Katrina, DOW should voluntarily assist as a gesture of good faith (and good marketing).

Posted by Joshua December 1, 09 07:16 PM
46.

Pity .... the price of human lives is close to nothing to corrupt corporates and bureaucrats. And of course Union Carbide still continues to sell their wares in India under the Everready brand name.

Posted by Max December 1, 09 11:11 PM
47.

People have to understood the value of other people other than this type of tragedy occur in coming of time. so, we have to create unity and to be a Indian.unity is always win against any problem so, keep unity and fight against such kind of safety problem.

Posted by Bhavsar Dhaval December 2, 09 01:02 AM
48.

tell yo ppl, no late now to disinfect our nations politics where de humanity buried beneath green money, f*ck the congress down to hell else there wont be any improvement could arise, WE NEED CHE GUEVERA OR FIDEL CASTRO minded ppls todo the disinfection

Posted by niyaz December 2, 09 01:05 AM
49.

It's horrible. Media in India doesn't cover up, support and fight for such cause of getting the place cleaned up after 25 years of the disaster.

Posted by Rocky December 2, 09 07:55 AM
50.

Not Good :(

Posted by varun December 2, 09 08:18 AM
51.

LOOKS LIKE DURING OR AFTER A WAR. OF COURSE NOBODY WANTED THIS TO HAPPEN. NEVERTHELESS, HOW MANY MORE GENERATIONS WILL SUFFER? UNFORTUNATELY THIS CAN HAPPEN SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD EVERY DAY. WHY DON'T THE RESPONSIBLE PERSONS STOP THIS? MONEY, POWER AND FAME MOSTLY MAKE POOR.

Posted by Esther December 2, 09 09:06 AM
52.

@ 28 India is a Democratic country not a blood sucking Cap..list system.

Posted by b-OBBY December 2, 09 09:09 AM
53.

everyone keeps passing the buck .......it was union carbide then, now it is dow so what...............no one sees the reality.........my brothers and sisters in bhopal is still suffering.............

Posted by Sachin.D.Pai December 2, 09 10:47 AM
54.

The responsibles for this disasters never assume their guilt and nobody gets punished while this poor children suffer the consequences.
It's sad to see this pictures and that the responsibles for this should have been arrested and all their money should have been used to help everyone that suffer with this.
I hope that this reality changes soon for Bophal people and that the indian government open their eyes.

Posted by Pedro Costa, Braga Portugal December 2, 09 11:31 AM
55.

Shame for all of us. We all just do not respect LIFE as it should do.

Posted by Carlos December 2, 09 12:05 PM
56.

How anyone can own stock in Dow/Union Carbide is beyond me. The blood of the thousands of dead and deformed is on the hands of every shareholder...

Posted by Jim Pettit December 2, 09 01:20 PM
57.

I can't even understand why Dow Chemicals is not FORCED to do the clean up! At least! And then they pretend ppl to have faith in society... hahaha!

Posted by Guenther December 2, 09 06:37 PM
58.

For a moment think, What if this disaster had happened in US?

Just because it was 5000 odd poor souls from a third world country died, no one cares..

Warren Anderson, the then CEO of UC, lives peacefully in US, despite being declared a 'fugitive' from justice in India and arrest warrants issued against him.

People from the developed western bloc continue to use Dow's products despite knowing that they are smeared with innocents' blood.

Seeti

Posted by Seethi December 2, 09 11:12 PM
59.

Sad.
May the families who have been through this have strength to hang on.

Posted by pavanlimo December 3, 09 07:17 AM
60.

@23: you're joking, right? If you're not, @36 is being waaay too polite to you...

Posted by mikethep December 3, 09 08:34 AM
61.

Nobody promised technological advancements was risk free. When we play with dangerous chemicals there is RISK no matter how safe we are that disasters will occur.

Posted by JJJ December 3, 09 04:44 PM
62.

Dow Chemicals must do something to compensate for all the hurt and problems they've caused THOUSANDS of people in Bhopal, India. I know they cannot make up for lost lives but something needs to be done. I think they should go out of business and give all of their money to Bhopal. They should also have to destroy the remnants from the tragic disaster that occurred 25 years ago!

Posted by Madison December 3, 09 04:57 PM
63.

#32
"It's a hard truth to face but there was nothing about this on my local news sites nor my Google news page...why is that, I wonder...oh, that's right, the media's bought."

oh, get a grip. the Bhopal disaster isn't exactly breaking news. this is a retorspective photographic feature. the fact that every single news outlet in the world doesn't have the same content isn't indication of some big nefarious conspiracy, you total moonbat.

Posted by tomasz. December 3, 09 08:56 PM
64.

Very sad indeed!
Without doubt, Dow Chemicals should be responsible for the cleaning and compensation the victims. This remínds me of Agent Orange used in Vietnam, where the effect is still visible and there is huge lack of aid.

Posted by Jennifer December 4, 09 04:40 AM
65.

i am very sad

Posted by Nawas ABM December 4, 09 05:32 AM
66.

I am so sorry for all those...i just cant stop crying after seeing the misery that broke upon the innocent n is still foregoing.....

Posted by Vaibhav Gupta December 4, 09 06:48 AM
67.

We are learning about this in concern with engineering ethics, It is a real asset to be able to view this history along with reading about it to enhance learning

Posted by Justus Kigango December 4, 09 11:39 AM
68.

Hello, this is the first time i read of this issue. Love Big Picture, great blog!.

Feels so typical that big multi-national corporates can get o way with pretty much anything, as long as the corporates have enough money. But at-least we know some off them and can do something about the issue.

I think the only way that the victims of bhopal disaster can get justice, Is to get enough pubblicity in the US or all over the world. So that the goverment or Dow Chemical Company has to do something about it.
Lets thank one off the dudes who have done something about this unjustice!
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster#Settlement_fund_hoax )

Hannes

Posted by Hannes @ JUG December 4, 09 12:21 PM
69.

I think it's absolutely disgusting that this has happened and that the people of Bhopal are still sufferring 25 years after this disaster occurred.

.

Posted by Zainab December 6, 09 03:52 PM
70.

Life is so fragile.

Posted by Simona December 6, 09 04:35 PM
71.

I am surprised how little discussion I see regarding the shared responsibility between UCC (50.9%) and the Indian gov't and investors (49.1%). Or the degree to which industrial standards in India may have played a part. Or that UCC was denied any access to the plant after the disaster. It seems everything is very one sided in the discussion. I'm not saying UCC was not to blame, only that the opinions here do not seem open to considering the other half of the responsibility.

In other stories I have read, I have heard mention of people still drinking contaminated ground water, living next to chemically laiden puddles, and so forth. How can the gov't and people stand for this? If the situation is so bad (and I believe it is), physically block the contaminated area, move the people somewhere else, etc. What, you say? How can very poor people move when there are no jobs, food, etc? I actually agree. I'd go back to the gov't moving them, or the other parties that made up the 49% domestic ownership. They seem to be leaving their own countrymen in the lurch as much or more than UCC - who's half billion payment was questionably applied.

Again, I am not letting UCC off the hook - I just think that others need to be held accountable as well. It's just too easy to only blame UCC.

Posted by David December 7, 09 11:44 AM
72.

is there anyway to help them purify their water ????? any organisations that do this or have found a way ? any portable device that can be given to the people for their homes, for water purificaton ??

let me know ! Thanks.

Posted by j.s December 7, 09 03:20 PM
73.

I grew up in Bhopal (1982-2002). I have seen families wiped out of their savings to get themselves cured from the ill-effects of the gas leak. Many people and generations after, lost their eyes, lung efficiency and neurological functions due to this.

The real tragedy started after the gas leak, Government failed terribly in handling the situation. When compensation was handed out - Govt. middlemen produced 'victims' who pocketed the major portion of the money and bought new cars and homes. The real people who needed the help were nowhere to be seen.

My father worked as a Doctor in the Govt. department set up for relief work and free treatment of the Gas Tragedy victims. I have many more stories to tell, but that wont change anything for the people who suffer.

Instead of asking for further compensation, and clean up of the chemicals (which would never reach a conclusion)... the effecive way out would be to provide new living space to the people, where they can live far away from the poinsonous environment and assure a healthy future for the coming generations.

Posted by Nikunj December 8, 09 02:29 PM
74.

It is time for R-Evolution...
Each one of us can do a lot to avoid sadness around.
Please start now.

Posted by Rafael December 8, 09 03:28 PM
75.

@ #7

"Doubled the toll..." (4,000 x 2 = 8,000) and "...again" (8,000 x 2 = 16,000). Its a double double...

Either way: America, and many other developed countries, praise outsourcing as it reduces cost. However, they prey on countries that are not strict with regulations and safety (India, China, Central American Countries, etc...). Is this the fault of the Corporations or the Local Government for being so desperate, that they allow this to happen? I say both. We need to INCREASE awareness and action in the developing countries while holding those Corporations responsible at home (for me, America) for their actions.

Posted by Blake December 10, 09 06:26 PM
76.

Dow chemicals sucks.pay the medical bills,clean up the site and get out of our country

Posted by R Sampath December 11, 09 12:05 AM
77.

My eyes fill with tears when i see corrupt politicians and defunct system around me...
Can i use the pictures in my blog for the information of my friends and readers???

Regards

Posted by Himanshu December 11, 09 05:44 AM
78.

we should pray for this people now, sometimes man is worst as we think

Posted by andres medina December 13, 09 03:48 PM
79.

It's rather sad.

Posted by he December 14, 09 06:04 AM
80.

Maybe the following comment will show my lack of understanding of the business processes which occur at the level of a major, trans national corporation but so be it.

I do not understand why Dow couldn't have at least created an independent sub which would manage a collection of investment funds to help NGOs fund the clean up and treatments in the area (and others like it). That way there is no legal admission of guilt and with the right NGOs there is little danger of money going to corrupt Indian officials and the local people are helped. There has to be a way for this to work out for all parties involved and the benefit to DOW is the best PR they could get out of this mess without fault.

That is what confuses me. They don't really have to admit it's their fault (or the fault of one of their subs, because they never will) but at least they could do something as a good will gesture without the blame game. Since most efforts done by the Indian government have gone off into corruption, mismanagement and failure then support the local NGOs who are struggling for funds and resources.The people are just as tired of the government mismanagement as anything else. Dow should get them n their side.

Posted by Maria December 15, 09 02:36 PM
81.

Also, in regards to the 'Yes Men' stunt, while it was clever, their point isn't as clear as some would want us to believe. There is still debate about the reason for the massive stock loss. The question is, was the sell off in response to the claim that Dow would provide funds for the cleanup or was it due to the fact that they stated Dow would liquidate Union Carbide, an important and profitable sub. As cold as it sounds, think about it, as a stock owner, which one would you react to if you had Dow in your investments? It's too easy to simplify these things.

And frankly, while i think the Yes Men shone light on the way the system works, they effectively shut down those people at Dow who might have been able to get the ball rolling for future funding. That aside, none of this changes the suffering of the people at Bhopal and the incompetence at many levels.

Posted by Maria December 15, 09 02:55 PM
82.

I worked at the DOW Chemical in Argentina when DOW bought UCAR (or whatever the financial name for this operation was). They communicated and distributed to all employed an e-mail that indicated the same postion about Bhopal accident that they have today. Since the first time DOW rejected to pay anything and to take responsability, and obviously they knew the claims will go on when bought UCAR.
That is the true ethic of these multinational companies, only worried about theirs profits.

Posted by Gustavo December 18, 09 12:25 PM
83.

please dont put pictures like this.... it is really pathatic to see. tears flow to go through the pics... i dont understand how people crossed thede disasters

Posted by ugl December 21, 09 04:41 AM
84.

sad

Posted by Anonymous December 26, 09 12:36 AM
85.

My family and I were lucky to miss this disaster by approximately 2.5 hours. We arrived at the main train station that night but lived on the other side of the city so were unaffected. That particular train station was quite badly affected. I was just over 2 months old at the time and obviously didn't understand what went down that night but the pictures add a lot of perspective to the stories I have simply been told. Indeed, very sad.

Posted by A Malkan December 28, 09 03:53 AM
86.

Its a fantastic pictorial presentation of the tragedy. It gets me very angry as its more than 25 yrs since the incedent has happened and still the victims havent got justice.
Kudos to the judicial system in India.
Its a very good example of how the US can come & do anything in India & get away with it. Hell damid!!!! Anderson should be hanged even if its 25 yrs since the incident.
The victims deserve justice.

Posted by Deepak Rao January 24, 10 09:53 AM
87.

bad, sad and worst.

Posted by hima nightingale February 17, 10 11:38 AM
88.

To help vitims of this tragedy, please sign petition:
http://www.bhopal.net/petition/

Posted by Aleksandra April 24, 10 06:02 PM
89.

What a tragic event... a tragic life altering event. Sadly many of those people and their children will suffer the ill effects other's actions... what a horrible mistake... what heartbreaking photos. WOW!

Posted by Shauna R June 7, 10 08:50 AM
90.

REMEMBERING THIS BHOPAL TRAGEDY,
shedding tears from our heart may rest the souls in PEACE
that departed from Dec 1984 to till date...

For present people in this world living right now.....

My request to Those individuals
- who all are working now in Chemical industries

(From Top ranking officials....
to ....even the non-technical unskilled helpers)
which are having high potential for such accidents,

Please, Please Ensure Safety in Process, Operations and Machineries.
Never Neglect, Safety Procedures - Follow those
Never Byepass, Safety Devices - Bring them to Working condition
Never Accept to do Any Temporary attempts Risking Safety.

Who knows it may SAVE your life along with Other Life/lives.

'PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE' - is much known sentence
But here it should be like this
'PREVENTING IS BETTER THAN LOOSING'

Posted by RPS June 8, 10 11:30 AM
91.

I completely agree With Sree
"Everything from top to bottom is corrupt. An equal amount of people dies of become blind EVERY YEAR in India due to consumption of illegal alcohol (methyl one), YET NO ONE is punished!! It happens AGAIN AND AGAIN, and no union carbide to blame there!
people Shame on us!!!"

Its high time for us to do something about it.

Posted by Ronald June 9, 10 07:50 AM
92.

Embarrasing DOW !!!,,,quite Embarrasing!!!! U R responsible,,,u can't deny,,,

Posted by Sumit Pratap June 20, 10 02:19 PM
93.

25 years till no compensation not even the clean water to drink, and the next generation is handicapped. Still Indian so called demo-crating (bribed by multi-nationals and the US) government is passive.

Posted by atul August 26, 10 02:28 PM
94.

the kind of SAD that makes you want to cry all alone when noone is watching. Also dow should pay for the clean up and clean water for the people!!!

Posted by bla September 6, 10 06:24 PM
95.

Let's do our bit for these people. Let's keep our eyes and hearts open so that no more Bhopal tragedies.

Posted by Amala October 13, 10 10:21 PM
96.

accidents are liable to occur ever now and then.......it is we who should come forward to take care of our self and society......
i feel sad for people but this is not end....
awake rise n act......
hail bhopal.........
u hv to go many more steps

Posted by supreet December 11, 10 01:12 PM
97.

oh.......... god save those people

Posted by Anonymous December 23, 10 06:10 AM
98.

(Staffing/Manish Swarup)
Would be interested in buying an image from the photographer . Pl let me know how to contact them

Posted by satish soney January 27, 11 06:05 AM
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