1. Setting the Stage for Tragedy: 1969-1984

Bhopal didn’t start on the night of the tragedy.

A Short History of the City of Bhopal

Don’t know much about the city of Bhopal? Read a short synopsis of the city’s history.

1969-1979: Union Carbide Enters Bhopal

Where Our Story Begins: Why Union Carbide set up shop in Bhopal, and how from the very beginning it made decisions to put profit over safety

1980-1984: The Lead Up to Disaster

A detailed explanation of Union Carbide’s cost cutting measures at their Bhopal factory, which directly caused the disaster

 See also Timeline: Events of 1969-1984


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