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 Indian Government also helped UCC set up its factory because government officials were conned into believing that pesticides were good for farming and more so because many of the officials received favours from the corporation – their sons, daughters, nephews and nieces were given well paying jobs in the company.

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