Express News Service, January 3, 2007
NEW DELHI, JANUARY 3: Leaders of four organisations of survivors of the December 1984 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal have condemned Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata’s offer to clear the path for Dow-Union Carbide’s investments in India by leading an effort to pay for and clean up Union Carbide’s toxic waste in Bhopal.
Displaying a poster of Ratan Tata with a garland of shoes around his neck they called him an anti-national element, who was causing damage to the people and environment by facilitating the expansion of US multinational Dow Chemical in this country. They appealed to Bhopal survivors to boycott Tata’s salt as a mark of protest, and have launched a national boycott campaign.
The leaders emphasised that Dow Chemical took over the environmental liabilities of Bhopal when it became the 100% owner of Union Carbide in 2001. They said according to the “polluter pays principle”, which is valid in the US and India, Dow/Union Carbide must pay for the clean up in Bhopal.