Survivors

“Bhopal isn’t only about charred lungs, poisoned kidneys and deformed foetuses. It’s also about corporate crime, multinational skulduggery, injustice, dirty deals, medical malpractice, corruption, callousness and contempt for the poor. Nothing else explains why the victims’ average compensation was just Rs 25,000—for a lifetime of misery. Yet the victims haven’t given up. Their struggle for justice and dignity is one of the most valiant anywhere. They have unbelievable energy and hope. It would’ve been a more fitting tribute to their indomitable spirit had Rai better captured the hope and the heroism. But it does tell you that the fight hasn’t ended. It won’t, so long as our collective conscience stirs.” OUTLOOK INDIA

Survivors’ testimonies. History of the survivors’s struggle. Organisations and major actions, starting with the first dharna outside MP Chief Minister’s house, January 1985 and DIG Bangala Hospital march February 1985.
–– Problems affecting survivors. Ill health, lack of compensation, loss of livelihood, neglect by successive governments
–– three padyatras, 1989, 2006 and 2008. Chronicled in detail with relevant maps, photographs and supporting materials
–– hunger strikes and dharnas of 2002, 2008
–– tinshed hunger strike against Madhya Pradesh government
— Neend Udao (Banish Sleep), Jhoot Bolé Kauwaa Katé (Tell Lies, Crow Bites) and other specific campaigns
–– Actions and campaigns against Dow/Union Carbide. Jhadoo Maro Dow Ko (Hit Dow with a Broom)
–– Survivors’ initiatives, interventions in legal cases and victories
–– Current demands. Empowered Commission.
–– Contamination victims not recognised as Carbide’s victims.
–– Information basti by basti. English and Hindi sections.

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