Monthly Archives: March 2011

06 A disaster waiting to happen

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People On December 2nd, 1984 a few workers were told to clean the pipes that carried the deadly MIC. The cleaning was being done by a high pressure jet of water. Because of the unsafe condition of the factory a lot of the water went inside the tank […]

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05 Profit before people

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People The effect of all this cost cutting soon began to show. Many workers were exposed to dangerous gases and had to be hospitalised, and in December 1981 one Mr Ashraf was killed when he was exposed to phosgene. The managers of the Bhopal factory sent the reports […]

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04 Double standards of safety

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People Union Carbide already had a pesticide factory running in a small town in the USA called Institute in West Virginia. When they built the factory in Bhopal, instead of building a factory similar to the factory at Institute, they made many changes. They cut down on the […]

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03 Union Carbide comes to Bhopal

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People Union Carbide (UCC) built its pesticide factory in Bhopal while the Green Revolution was at its peak. The people managing the corporation thought that because farmers in Madhya Pradesh grew cotton and other crops that ‘needed’ a lot of pesticides they could do good business here. The […]

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02 The Green Revolution

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People Cunning as they were, these corporations called this kind of agriculture using chemicals – the ‘Green Revolution’. They claimed that the Green Revolution would guarantee that there was enough food for everyone in the world and no one had to go hungry. Because the promise to abolish […]

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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.