Animal in Bhopal
By: Indra Sinha
Ever since that book of mine, Animal’s People, came out, I have become quite a traveller. Used to be that hardly did I set my four feet outside the bastis of Khaufpur. Only once in my life had I left the city, which was when I quit the vicious world of humanity and ran away to live in the jungle. But since my story was published, the humans have sought to reclaim me as one of theirs, and I’ve been invited to scores of places – their names clamour in my mouth – London, Oslo, Roma, Napoli, Stockholm, Yerushalayim…[Read More]
By: Sathyu Sarangi
Many of the battles begun 25 years ago, in the aftermath of catastrophe, continue today.
When I arrived in Bhopal soon after the disaster, I was rather unprepared. Rushing to the city from the small town four hours away where I worked in an NGO, I had very little information (the news on the government-run radio station had drastically downplayed the tragedy), almost no local contacts and only a hundred-odd rupees in my pocket. I had along a few changes of clothes, because I didn’t think I’d be staying in the city for much more than a week, helping out with emergency relief. [Read More]
The specious ‘corporate veil’
The world’s worst industrial disaster, in Bhopal in 1984, left an estimated 8000 dead within a few days of the gas leak. Over subsequent years, about 25,000 have died due to toxic-gas-related diseases, and the lethal effects of the gas leak, however, are still being felt even 25 years on, in the shape of groundwater contamination. H Rajan Sharma is an international lawyer practicing in New York. He is currently lead counsel in a class-action litigation against Union Carbide concerning environmental pollution caused by its Bhopal plant. In the weeks prior to the 25th anniversary of the gas leak, Sharma discussed the case with Himal by e-mail. [Read More]