It took 26 years for government of India and the law makers to convict those responsible for the 1984 Bhopal Gas tragedy… and they all got bail immediately. 🙂
How much value do you put on the lives of 5000 people who died? Or were there 20,000 dead people two days after the gas tragedy? Or more? Or less? No one knows the actual figure.
I did a small research on the facts and figures of the tragedy. It is said (and available in the archives) that less than about 25% of the city was affected. The records show that Bhopal’s population in 1984 was little over 8 lacs. The tragedy wiped out about 1% of the city’s population. However today’s Times of India says that about 5.7 lacs were affected, with death toll more than 15,000. I’m also being told by the locals who are staying in Bhopal and were in the city when the tragedy struck that the population of the city in 1984 was hardly 6 lacs. The government of India has received about 10.7 lac claims for compensation, which is more than 5 times the actual number of people affected. No one knows the actual figures… and I guess no one ever will.
In my opinion, Bhopal gas tragedy is the most abused and the most mismanaged national calamities of all times. It took them more than 25 years to impart justice. They are still evaluating the claims of those who filed for a compensation from the government. The money to be given has been revised by I dont know how many times. They are still not being able to figure out how exactly the gas leaked. Even today the Government of India is trying to extradite Warren Anderson, the ex CEO of Union Carbide, the company responsible for the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. We are still under the realm of non existent apathetic judicial practices. Do we have some shame left? Is there a word harsher than shame, disgrace, pity, ignominy? Bull ****!!!