December 3, 2009
25 years after Bhopal tragedy, pain and uncertainty linger

Today is the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst industrial accident. A Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, leaked about 40 tons of toxic gas into the air. Over the next few years the continuing effects raised the estimated death toll to about 15,000.

Last year, Daljit Dhaliwal visited Bhopal while reporting in India. She toured the site of the tragedy and saw how the people of the area still live with the aftermath.

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In this extended interview, Lalit Shastri, a journalist for The Hindu newspaper, describes how he arrived in Bhopal the night before the accident to take an accounting exam.  What he saw changed his life — he went on to become a journalist and an author who writes frequently about the tragedy.

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Watch a Sights & Sounds video of the devastation that remains in Bhopal.

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3 comments

#3

To think pesticides are helpful in any way to control ” pests” is the most ridiculous concept we have. To use pesticides is to kill all, starting with bugs and ending up with humans. Ban all pesticides should be the human motto!

#2

We(the industrilized nations) have been exporting ,”The Circle of Poison” ever since their banning (especially in the States). Unfortunately, our very food source is coming home to bite us all,big time.

#1

The socio-economic background of the victims should be ample clue to the reason for the lack of progress. This is precisely why I shudder when I hear and read about this country being mentioned in the same league as the U.S. While China is not my model, the culprits would have had their day in a kangaroo court within weeks not months. Tibet and Xinjiang are the best examples of the shame of injustice. But then I digress, our legacy with chemicals (at home and abroad) and denying their after-effects on our own citizens is that we take this tragegy as nothing unnatural.

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