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Whose Side is The PM on: Bhopal Gas Victims or Dow Chemical

Press Statement

December 18, 2015

At a press conference today, leaders of the five organisations of the survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal condemned the Prime Minister’s “spineless response” to Dow Chemical repeatedly ignoring notices of the Bhopal District Court. The organisations charged that instead of making Dow Chemical obey Indian laws, the Prime Minister chose to offer a lavish dinner to its CEO Andrew Liveris this September.

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“From newspaper reports we learnt that Modijee offered Liveris thandai chicken and sevaiyan cake, among other delicacies, just nine days after the Bhopal CJM issued notice against his company for sheltering the fugitive killer Union Carbide.” said Rashida Bee of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Manila Stationery Karmchari Sangh. She said that for the last 23 years Union Carbide had been absconding from charges of culpable homicide and other serious offences related to the gas disaster that killed 25 thousand people and injured half a million.

Balkrishna Namdeo of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogee Sangharsh Morcha said that the Bhopal District Court had earlier sent two notices asking Dow Chemical to explain why it was not making Union Carbide appear in the ongoing criminal case on the disaster. “In the photo available at the @PMO twitter handle, Liveris is seen smiling in the front row along with Prime Minister Modi. If this is not an invitation to “Make more Bhopals in India” we do not know, what is?” he said.

“Dow Chemical, a US multinational like Union Carbide, is defying the Indian justice system while continuing to make millions of dollars as profits through its business in India and the Indian Prime Minister is pleading to Liveris to invest more in the country. For us Bhopalis it is outrageous and disgusting” said  Nawab Khan of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha

Satinath Sarangi of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action pointed out that the notices against Dow Chemical have been issued by the Bhopal District Court due to the interventions by his organization, and not by the prosecuting agency the Central Bureau of Investigation. “Tomorrow we will see whether the CBI helplessly watches Dow Chemical ignore Court’s order a third time, or whether it summons the courage to take effective legal action against the criminal corporation.” he said.

“We hope our Prime Minister has instructed the CBI to go hard against this criminal company that is sheltering killer Carbide. This way he can also prove that he is not all that the chief minister of Delhi says he is.” said Safreen Khan of Children against Dow Carbide.

Rashida Bi,

Nawab Khan,

Balkrishna Namdeo,

Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra,

Safreen Khan,

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha

Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha

Bhopal Group for Information and Action

Children Against Dow Carbide

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The Hindu: Editorial – “A question of justice”

From: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-a-question-of-justice/article7389380.ece

“The record settlement of $18.7 billion that the oil company BP has arrived at in the Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster case in the United States has naturally revived the debate on the denial of justice to the victims of a far bigger catastrophe — the Bhopal gas leak. As industrial accidents go, the blowout in BP’s well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 was staggering, killing 11 people and spectacularly devastating an already stressed marine ecosystem with millions of barrels of oil. Five State governments and the federal government of the U.S. have been vigorously pursuing penalties and compensation claims with the company, resulting in the settlement. Yet, the impact of the oil spill pales in comparison with the magnitude of what happened at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal in 1984.

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Modi Govt Completes 1 Year, Bhopal Gas Victims have Nothing to Cheer


(This press release is available in Hindi here)

At a press conference today, survivors of the December ‘84 Union Carbide gas disaster, condemned the NDA government for its failure to secure justice and provide rehabilitation during its one year rule. The conference was organized jointly by five Bhopal based organizations fighting for the rights of the survivors on the occasion of the completion of one year of the NDA government.

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Twitter Action: Dow Chemical Stockholder Meeting 2015

Friends, Supporters, Survivors,

The Dow Chemical Company will host its 118th Annual Meeting of Stockholders on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 10:00AM Eastern Time until 11:00AM Eastern Time.

Andrew Liveris, Dow Chairman and CEO, will deliver the keynote address. Here are the details.

This is an opportunity for us to tweet at Dow Chemical and remind them, and everyone, about the blood on their hands.

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Vigil For Bhopal At The Consulate General of India

Dear Friends & Bhopal supporters,

We are holding a small vigil outside the NYC consulate as part of Amnesty International’s annual Get on the Bus actions. The purpose of the action is to ask the Indian consulate to ensure that Dow is served and complies with the recent summons to appear in Indian courts. A letter to the consulate is attached which provides more context.


What: Vigil for Bhopal
Where: NYC Consulate 3 E 64th St, New York, NY 10065
When: Friday, April 17, 1:45 to 2:30 pm


We will have several posters, but feel free to bring your own. We will send out some suggested slogans for posters.


If you or your group is active on twitter please tweet the action to @DowChemical (also  @IndianEmbassyUS). We will send out messages and hashtags tomorrow.
You may print out and mail/fax attached letter, email it, or call the DC consulate. contact info is here. Let us know if you communicate with them.


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