Select Media coverage 1996-2010

November 30, 1996

Bhopal Lives,
SUKETU MEHTAvisits Bhopal twelve years after the gas disaster and brings back several carefully and compassionately observed cameos of life as it lived there now, under the shadow of the gas cloud. The Village Voice

August 2, 1999
The Slow Poison Factory
After the gas, it’s toxic waste. Bhopal can’t get over Union Carbide’s bitter legacy. NEERAJ MISHRA. Outlook India

December 22, 2001

A call for justice
The Indian government refuses to provide support crucial to the survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy in their legal battle against Union Carbide in the United States. V VENKATESAN.


December 8, 2001

From Bhopal to Toulouse
Seventeen years after the Bhopal gas tragedy, a blast in a chemical plant in the French city of Toulouse once again brings into focus the hazards posed by the chemical industry. USHA RAMANATHAN The Hindu

October 8, 2001

The Algebra Of Infinite Justice
ESSAY So here we have it. The equivocating distinction between civilisation and savagery, between the ‘massacre of innocent people’ or, if you like, ‘a clash of civilisations’ and ‘collateral damage’. The sophistry and fastidious algebra of Infinite Justice. ARUNDHATI ROY. Outlook India

December 16, 2002

Parasites Of Disaster
The other tragedy is what’s being done in the name of Bhopal More Coverage K.S. SHAINI. Outlook India

October 7, 2002

No Way Out
The fight for justice and dignity hasn’t ended. It won’t, so long as our collective conscience stirs. PRAFUL BIDWAI ON “EXPOSURE—PORTRAIT OF A CORPORATE CRIME” by RAGHU RAI. Outlook India

September 2, 2002

Remembering Bhopal
PHOTO GALLERY18 years after the tragedy, despair and suffering continue as the culprits remain at large. Outlook India

July 15, 2002

Corporate Crimes And Their Bodycount
Justice For Bhopal — time to remember a crime that cost thousands their lives, as executives and politicians try to cut a deal to escape what little accountability remains. RAHUL MAHAJAN. Outlook India

July 10, 2002

Bhopal Hunger Strike
EMAIL APPEAL. It is now seventeen and a half years since the night of gas, or “that night” as it is called in Bhopal but the government seems inclined to dilute the criminal charges that those responsible still face in the Bhopal High Court. INDRA SINHA. Outlook India

July 6, 2002

Diluting guilt
The CBI has been persuaded to file an application before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Bhopal, for the dropping of the charge of culpable homicide against the former chairman of the UCC, Warren Anderson, in the Bhopal gas disaster case. V.VENKATESAN. The Hindu

May 27, 2002

It’s Dow Or Die
Did Union Carbide’s liability end with a $470 million settlement ASHISH KUMAR SEN. Outlook India

May 4, 2002

The Anti-American
REVIEW.Arundhati Roy’s simple-minded demonization of the American monster is pure Occidentalism, or Said in reverse, which only helps to undermine the political self-scrutiny without which a democracy cannot work. IAN BURUMA on “POWER POLITICS & THE ALGEBRA OF INFINITE JUSTICE” by ARUNDHATI ROY. Outlook India


Caucus help in Bhopal case
V. VENKATESAN. Nine United States Congressmen file an amicus brief demanding the indictment of Union Carbide Corporation, after a district court rejects the Bhopal gas disaster survivors’ plea for compensation. The Hindu

December 18, 2004

Remembrance of things future
Twenty anniversaries. Memories in Bhopal have settled into a terrible, toxic ritual. HARTOSH SINGH BAL

July 20, 2004

Court orders relief to Bhopal gas victims

A BIG VICTORY: Gas survivors and their supporters in Bhopal celebrate and show the victory sign in Bhopal on Monday after the Supreme Court ordered the Government to disburse Rs. 1,503 crores it has been withholding to the survivors of the disaster. PHOTO: A.M. FARUQUI

May 10, 1984

Bhopal again
The survivors of the 1984 gas leak in Bhopal are today a liability, even for some doctors, Raghu Rai tells PRASHANTH G.N.

December 19, 2005
Rancid Requiem
A grandiose memorial idea irks Bhopal gas victims. K.S. SHAINI. Outlook India

September 24, 2005

The artful dodger of necessities
Efficient, or efficient by default? A sly operator or fumbling bumpkin? Hartosh Singh Bal assesses Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Babu Lal Gaur. Tehelka

July 30, 2005

Lost in Transition
There are too many tales in old Bhopal of gas victims looking for hope in one man: Abdul Jabbar. But this man hates to sell himself, writes HARTOSH SINGH BAL

April 8, 2006

130 People 800 Km : Bhopal to Delhi
Two decades after the tragedy, ailing gas victims are compelled to drink poisoned water. Will the prime minister help this time, or leave them to their slow death, asks TANAZ K. NOBLE. Tehelka

April 6, 2010

Birds of the Same Feather
The Manmohan Singh-led UPA regime backed by the Left is in a strange dilemma: it must quickly decide which side of the fence it stands, with or against the aam aadmi. AMIT SENGUPTA Tehelka

March 25, 2006

A nation’s hall of shame
The Bhopal gas tragedy is not only a chemical accident but also a political, social and moral disaster. The fact is that we and the governments in Delhi and Bhopal have left the victims to die, writes BETWA SHARMA. Tehelka

March 18, 2006

Pain uninterrupted in a cursed city
Victims continue to be poisoned two decades after the tragedy as the government has failed to detect the polluted sources of air and water, reports BETWA SHARMA. Tehelka

March 11, 2006

Alive and Dead in the Gassed Old Town
Two decades after the Bhopal gas tragedy the victims have been reduced to abject suffering by the political and medical establishment, reports BETWA SHARMA. Tehelka

December 1, 2007

The Bhopal Gas Chamber
Union Carbide is now Dow Chemicals. Rid of the tainted name, it’s being wooed by both the Tatas and the PMO, reports S. ANAND. Tehelka

September 22, 2007

A Tale of Laughter and Wickedness
In an exclusive essay for Tehelka, this year’s Booker nominee writes about the impossibility of capturing the anguish of Bhopal, the city that inspired Animal’s People.

Chronicle of a Death Retold
SALIL TRIPATHI on Indra Sinha who gave up ad copywriting for storytelling and is probably entitled to think that he did the right thing. Tehelka

May 28, 2007

The Acid Wash Effect
A government/industry nexus is giving leeway to Dow in the Union Carbide wrangle. Why? SHUCHI SRIVASTAVA. Outlook India

June 21, 2008

No Life Or Liberty
A clause that could save lives doesn’t seem to apply to Bhopalis, writes NITYANAND JAYARAMAN

May 24, 2008

‘I said, Mr Prime Minister, 25 years after the Bhopal disaster, the toxic effluents are still there’
INTERVIEWThe same day he visited the Bhopal survivors’ protest at Jantar Mantar, Dominique Lapierre received the Padma Bhushan from the President. The co-author of Five Past Midnight in Bhopal, with Javier Moro, Lapierre is a notable philanthropist, directing half of his royalties to charities in India. He is also the author of two other books about India — Freedom at Midnight, with Larry Collins, a bestselling history of the independence movement, and City of Joy, a novel about life in a Calcutta slum. He spoke to RAGHU KARNAD in New Delhi

April 5, 2008

Air, Water, Earth And The Sins Of The Powerful
The factory that killed 15,000 in 1984 is still poisoning new victims. As survivors march to Delhi, RAGHU KARNAD tells the chilling story of Bhopal’s ongoing disaster. Tehelka

Remains of the Day
Gas victims’ skulls discarded at the Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal, shot by RAGHU RAI. Tehelka

December 3, 2009

Bhopal, December 3, 1984
IMAGES 25 years later, despair and suffering continue as victims scrounge around for compensation and justice. Outlook India

October 19, 2009

The Axis Year
ESSAY When India was closest to being a non-functioning anarchy. RAMACHANDRA GUHA. Outlook India

Graveyard Bullies
There’s no justice, Bhopal’s survivors wage a lonely battle. INDRA SINHA. Outlook India

The Dead Line
People falling all around, but Bhopal was also a story of a lifetime. SREEKANT KHANDEKAR. Outlook India

August 22, 2009

Raise High the Roof BeamsGround Zero patriots. Tehelka

July 3, 2010

Bhopal gas tragedy: Dow’s double standards exposed
Here is something for legal eagles of the government of India to chew on: while Dow Chemical Company denies any responsibility for damages caused by Union Carbide in Bhopal, it has taken over all liability of Carbide for fighting out over 75,000 asbestos related law suits in the US. Dow/Carbide expects to incur liability costs of $839 million in the coming years. SUBODH VARMA Times of India

July 1, 2010

Why I Quit Carbide Before 1984
KUMKUM SAXENA was a medical officer with Union Carbide. She tells TUSHA MITTAL how she saw the disaster coming. Tehelka

‘It Was Profits First, Safety Second’
The British Petroleum oil spill off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico revives memories of Bhopal for 88-year-old DAN KURZMAN, a writer. A former journalist with The Washington Post, Kurzman spent three weeks in Bhopal in 1986 researching for his book A Killing Wind: Inside Union Carbide and the Bhopal Catastrophe (published a year later). Outlook India

June 29, 2010

We are not hiding anything on Bhopal disaster: Manmohan
On Board Air India One: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday said his government was hiding nothing on the aftermath of the Bhopal gas disaster and hoped the US will extradite then Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson. Economic Times

Bhopal retrial: No ‘double jeopardy’ as SC’s 1996 order will be set aside
Contrary to the claim made by former Union Carbide counsel Fali Nariman, the government’s move to hold a retrial in the Bhopal gas case, on the higher charge of manslaughter punishable with a 10-year term, will not violate the right to double jeopardy protection. Times of India

June 28, 2010

Dow bribed Indian officials with cash, jewellery, hospitality
A senior central government official and his aides were bribed $32,000 in cash and jewellery while their travel and hotel expenses were also picked up by a subsidiary of Dow Chemicals, which took over the Union Carbide company after the 1984 Bhopal gas leak tragedy, to push its substandard pesticides in the Indian market, a case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) says. GEORGE JOSEPH IANS. If link broken click here.

June 26, 2010

The Bhopal Disaster: an ongoing tragedy
Recent talk surrounding BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico due to corporate negligence has drawn light on the Exxon Valdez disaster and one which devastated one of India’s poorest regions with its effects still very much raw and constantly ignored by the US media. Obama’s anti-BP rhetoric has spurred many of those affected by this disaster to point out Western double standards. SAFFI ULLAH AHMAD Pulse

June 25, 2010

For A Few Pieces Of Silver
As new skeletons fall out of the Bhopal gas tragedy, SHOMA CHAUDHURY and SHANTANU GUHA RAY track how justice is still being subverted to protect the “investment climate” in India. Tehelka

June 21, 2010

Give us a break, Mr Parekh
Ever since the Bhopal court gave a two-year sentence to those involved in the Bhopal gas tragedy, there has been a quiet chorus of support built up for the then Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) Chairman Keshub Mahindra in the form of newspaper editorials/articles — (the latest to join this is the highly-respected HDFC Chief Deepak Parekh). SUNIL JAIN Business Standard

Every Breath A Stranglehold
Bhopal’s night of December 2, 1984, recounted by a foreteller. RAJKUMAR KESWANI. Outlook India

Signals From Above
Dow is pressurising the PMO to let it enter India. The circus continues.

Hark, The Evening Language Of The Poor
In the angry, hopeless aftermath of a battle unjustly lost, Booker-nominee and long-time campaigner INDRA SINHA evokes the soaring human spirit that drives the survivors. Tehelka

Anderson laughed at Indian law and State
A nation that cannot uphold its law cannot preserve its order. When Anderson was smuggled out to safety, the authority of state abandoned the responsibility of state. Excuses, evasions and lies have shifted over 26 years; this central truth has not. M J AKBAR Sunday Guardian

June 19, 2010

Is peace on sale in Bhopal?
Here are answers to the questions you no longer have to ask. First: how long would deputy chairman of the planning commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, protégé of the Prime Minister, ranking leader of the World Bank Alumni Association and senior advocate of multinational corporate interests, have taken to send Rs 983 crores to Union Carbide or Dow Chemicals if Bhopal’s workers had killed the plant, rather than the other way around? My guess is 983 seconds. Ahluwalia would have probably sent the funds by wire. M J AKBAR Sunday Guardian

Justice denied
The verdict in the Bhopal gas disaster case is of a piece with the injustice meted out to the victims for 25 years say AJOY ASHIRWAD MAHAPRASHASTA
and V. VENKATESAN. Frontline

US accused of double standards over Bhopal
Activists seeking justice in the world’s worst industrial disaster in the Indian city of Bhopal are accusing the United States of double standards, saying it penalised firms polluting its soil but ignored its mistakes abroad. RAHUL BEDI Irish Times

Legal paradox
The case of the absconding foreign accused, which is still pending, reveals an eagerness among their Indian friends to help them. V. VENKATESAN Frontline, The Hindu

June 18, 2010

Lessons From Bhopal
by Congressman FRANK PALLONE. A rogue corporation’s negligence and greed leads to an industrial disaster, exposing their utter disdain for the rule of law, for the environment and for the people whose livelihoods – and lives – are destroyed by their actions. The story is all too familiar, but I’m not referring to BP and their operations in the Gulf Coast. Daily Kos

June 17, 2010

L’affaire Anderson: Dan Kurzman
‘Anderson and his two companions were startled. Serious charges had been made against them just a couple of hours earlier and now one of them was being released unconditionally…’ SUNDEEP DOUGAL. Outlook India

Upendra Baxi on Bhopal
Professor Upendra Baxi’s writings on Bhopal available on his website.

June 16, 2010

‘Reverse The Out-Of-Court Bhopal Settlement’
Activists write to the US President: ‘Whose ‘ass’ should the citizens of Bhopal kick if governments selectively shield their corporations and officials from legal accountability?’ Outlook India

Letters From Dow
BHOPAL GAS SCANDAL More proof of Dow’s underhand dealings and its lobbying with the PMO and ministers on the GoM (viz P. Chidambaram and Kamalnath) that has been, shockingly, entrusted by the PM to report on the whole matter. Outlook India

June 15, 2010

Fali S. Nariman V/s Upendra Baxi & Ors
In Fali S. Nariman’s recently released memoirs, Before Memory Fades, he reproduces a fascinating exchange with Professor Upendra Baxi, occasioned by his article in the December 2004 issue of Seminar on the 20th anniversary of Bhopal [Mr Nariman was the lead counsel for Union Carbide Corporation] in the Supreme Court.

June 14, 2010

Chronicle of a verdict foretold
By RAKESH SHUKLA. The travesty of justice that capped the 26-year-long struggle for justice in the Bhopal gas tragedy was the culmination of a carefully choreographed exercise. Himal

June 13, 2010

The Emergency And Bhopal
Union Carbide applied for industrial licence on 1st January 1970. It was suddenly given on 31st October, 1975, after being denied for five long years. GOPAL KRISHNA.: Outlook India

‘Justice’ for Bhopal is just political farce
Trust me: if thousands of politicians, or their cousins, the nouveau riche, had died on that apocalyptic night in Bhopal, Anderson would still be in an Indian prison, rather than in America, protected by his company, and the company that his company keeps. But only the poor died in Bhopal. We treat our poor as dispensable chattel whose death is meaningless in the economic calculus, since there is no shortage of supply. Bhopal is class war. M J AKBAR Sunday Guardian

Above the anger of Bhopal, the silence of Delhi
Can you hear the silence above the rising anger over the betrayal of Bhopal? The three most powerful people in India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mrs Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister-in-waiting Rahul Gandhi have not said a word through a week of national outrage after a first-tier judicial verdict on a mass murder 26 years ago. M J AKBAR Sunday Guardian

June 11, 2010

How Anderson Was Allowed To Get Away
There is no ‘mystery’ – the press-coverage of 1984 makes it amply clear SUNDEEP DOUGAL. Outlook India

June 10, 2010

‘A Manifest Collusion Between Ministers, Officials And Dow Chemical’
The PMO documents gathered using RTI reveal how some of the ministers who have been made part of the GoM by the PM have been acting to safeguard the interest of Dow Chemical

The PMO Documents
The impugned documents obtained using the RTI, including the controversial opinion by the Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi issued on his letter-head in that capacity, giving Dow Chemicals a clean chit. Outlook India. Outlook India

June 9, 2010

The State of Madhya Pradesh V/s Sri Warren Anderson & Others
‘The tragedy was caused by the synergy of the very worst of American and Indian cultures. An American corporation cynically used a third world country to escape from the increasingly strict safety standards imposed at home’ MOHAN P. TIWARI. Outlook India

June 7, 2010

A Litigation Disaster
Today’s order is consistent with the way the sovereign State of India was treated when, in an unprecedented manner, it appeared before a District Court of US to obtain a determination of the liability of Union Carbide Corporation, USA. GOPAL KRISHNA. Outlook India

All That Gas
Needed: A proper case study of the Bhopal gas tragedy to draw lessons for future contingency planning to deal with similar disasters, whether deliberately or negligently caused? B. RAMAN. Outlook India

April 24, 2010

End Of Bhopal Protests?
Gas survivors have been told to curtail their protests at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. SATINATH SARANGI Tehelka

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