Murderous Dow-Carbide, Quit India
Mass Gherao, August 15, 2010
DOW CHEMICALS OFFICE,
Dear working people
The accused in the Bhopal Gas tragedy have been let off, without even
having to spend a single day in jail. And, the Bhopal high court has
painted this massacre as a mere accident. The American government has
refused to hand over Warren Anderson, the Chairman of Union Carbide
and the prime accused in the Bhopal Gas tragedy. Not willing to
interrogate Anderson, who was responsible for the death of over 23,000
people and the maiming of over 5 lakh people, the Manmohan Singh
government is lying that it would reopen the case and provide
compensation to the victims.
The gas leak that happened in the midnight of 2 December 1984 in the
Union Carbide factory was not an unexpected accident. It was a
cold-blooded murder committed by the American company. The crimes
included shoving off the manufacture of hazardous materials from
America to India, setting up a plant to manufacture insecticide from
Methyl-Iso-Cyanide in a residential area, cutting down on expenditure
involved in implementing safety measures to increase the profits
despite accidents in the past and hiding the name of the poison
(cyanide) to doctors who treated the victims, thereby letting the
victims suffer a painful death. The fundamental crime is the
manufacture of chemical weapons under the cover of insecticide
Union Carbide is not the only criminal. Indira Gandhi licensed it
despite being aware of the dangerous nature of the plant. And, Rajiv
Gandhi, released Anderson, apologized to him, and safely sent him on a
state aircraft to America. In 1989, the Rajiv Gandhi government
connived with Union Carbide and fixed the price of one Indian life to
be Rs. 12,414. The Supreme Court undermined the crime to a mere road
accident. The CBI colluded with the Congress party and did everything
to destroy the case and set free Anderson. The Vajpayee government,
which came to power next, supported all the associated conspiracies.
Today, all these criminals pretend as if they were innocents.
The judgement delivered to the Bhopal victims, who waited for over 26
years, is a brutal attack worse than the massacre itself. Now, this
injustice is about to become even a law under the Indian Constitution.
The Manmohan Singh Government’s nuclear law says, ‘even if the nuclear
plants that we buy from American companies blow up tomorrow and cause
several million deaths in India, we will not hold the American
companies responsible or even ask them for any compensation.’ Dow
chemicals, which acquired Union Carbide some time back, was the sole
supplier of napalm firebombs to the US military during the Vietnam
war. This blood-thirsty company is being welcomed with red carpet by
the Manmohan Singh Government to come and set up business in India!
The Bhopal massacre has exposed the tenets of the Indian state… “kill
the Indian people for the profits of MNCs, usurp the people’s land,
drive them out, do away the rights, destroy the indigenous industries,
what the MNCs say is rule of law, and the growth of MNCs is the
Jallianwala Bagh exposed the brutal face of colonization in the
colonial India, which gave birth to revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh.
Bhopal has unveiled the real face of recolonization and the sham of
Indian independence and democracy. Well, if you need justice,
revolution is the only path, lit by the flame from Naxalbari! This is
the only lesson the Bhopal massacre and its aftermath wants to teach
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