The Indian government -
Colluding with Carbide
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Over the last 16 years, different parties have come to power in the national government. However, their unashamed support of the American multinational against the interests of the victims has remained unchanged. The Indian government has:
1979 allowed Union Carbide to locate a hazardous plant amidst populous settlements
1980 - 1984 Ignored workers' demands for relocation of plant and improvement of work safety
1984 onwards grossly underplayed the death and damage caused by the disaster
1989 accepted a paltry settlement from Union Carbide without any consultation with the victims
1991 onwards suppressed information on contamination of soil and groundwater around the factory
1992 terminated monitoring of exposure related deaths
1994 abandoned medical research on long term health effects
2001 24 Indian Council of Medical Research studies on Bhopal remain unpublished

The Indian government's complicity in the crimes committed against the victims of Bhopal is most evident in its deliberate neglect of the criminal case against Union Carbide and its officials. In the last nine years since Anderson and UCC have been judicially proclaimed absconders, the Indian government has failed to take the tiniest step towards extradition of these criminals. It appears that the Indian government is concerned that by taking legal action against Union Carbide they would jeopardize the investment climate.

The Indian government's deliberate neglect in favour of Dow is evident in the free and open sale of Dursban in India. In fact Dow launched Dursban at the Indiachem-2000 Trade Fair organised by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India in October 2000.


The ongoing disaster

On December 1, 2000 the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Digvijay Singh announced that The Department of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation had "outlived its utility" since the "city's residents are no longer suffering from the after effects of the Bhopal gas disaster". However:

* The death toll rises by 10-15 each month

* 120,000 need immediate medical attention

* 5,000 families are drinking poisoned water

* Cancer and TB are alarmingly high and rising

The real reason the Chief Minister wants to wind up this department is because his government has been caught with its hands on the till. They have been dependent on the Union government for funds right from its inception, a large proportion of which has lined the pockets of bureaucrats and politicians in power. The latest (1999) report of the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India has highlighted several instances of gross irregularities related to administration of funds granted by the Union government.

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* Help us publicise this merger and the opposition to it. Reproduce and distribute this leaflet freely.

* Carry a link from your site to this one

* Contact Dow's company headquarters in Michigan, U.S.

Address your grave concerns about the merger, their outstanding liabilities in Bhopal and their track record to:

Michael D. Parker - Dow's President and Chief Executive Officer, and William H. Joyce, the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Dow Chemical Company and former Chief Executive Officer, UCC.

- Email them via their website,
follow the link: http://www.dow.com/assistance/thoughts.htm

- Fax them on 1-517-832-1465

- Call them on 1-517-832-1542

- Write to them at The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Center, Midland
MI 48674, U.S.A.

* Call for ban on DURSBAN in India and express your general concerns about Dow's heavy investment in India by contacting:

- The Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Paryavaran Bhavan, CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003
Tel: 011 436 1896, 436 0721
Email: secy@menf.delhi.nic.in

- The Secretary of Health, Government of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Tel: 011 301 8863
Email: secyhlth@nb.nic.in