Bhopal Tragedy: An Unending Saga of Undeserved Sorrow

Here we are fuming over rise in prices. Here, we are talking about our irritating next door neighbour who has nothing better to do than gossip about all and sundry. What then, would we have to say about the Bhopal tragedy with over 25 years shoved under the carpet of a dangerous, invisible and silent killer whose repercussions still eerily plague the people of Bhopal? Breathlessness, infertility, cancer, TB, recurrent abortions, psychiatric problems are common occurrences today for the poor helpless people not to leave out damage already caused and still being caused to the lungs, kidneys, livers and brains of people who did not deserve this. What more would one need to complete a terrifying and frustrating tale? How long will this continue?

 Why does the Bhopal gas leak still loom large?

 What terrorists could not do, a faulty valve at the Union Carbide plant did in Bhopal. No trial here. A paltry compensation that too not all get and then, the culprits go scot free within hours. They are allowed to leave the country leaving behind untold misery. Even after so many years, toxic chemicals still remain in the soil and groundwater which people use. Bhopal is the only land in the entire country I think where mothers hesitate to feed their new borns because even their breast milk is contaminated, a carry-over for generations, and a never ever imagined horror reality for a mother.

People in families inherit heirlooms, property, name and status. In Bhopal, people have inherited disease and despair, terror and living death. Visiting hospitals has become common place for these people very much like breathing. And not all can afford them. Even though a foreign company is responsible for the poisonous terror that unleashed the nation, the state of Bhopal to be precise, the Indian administration has all along been sadistically indifferent to all the suffering caused. Cases for compensation are still being fought for after a quarter century. Petitions are filed and dismissed. Nothing done to bring the culprits to book. Nothing done to get rid of the toxic waste that still continues to poison the human system.

Every year, another 365 days are added to the shameful saga of terror and indifference. A cocktail of meaningless promises and inefficient system are fed to the people of Bhopal intentionally unmindful to the pain that still looms in the air. In an age of reality shows, the people of Bhopal are living a cruel reality that is destroying their bodies, minds and even spirits. Just imagine being plagued by disease, pain and sorrow for generations. This mass suffering for over 25 long years is too difficult to comprehend. Who is to blame? The factory for causing the leak due its carelessness and lack of respect for human (Indian) life? The Indian administration year after year for not bringing to a halt a misery beyond normal human comprehension. The blame game is unending just like the unending misery that the affected people are going through.

Today, nobody remembers Bhopal for what it stood for before the tragedy. Very few appreciate this City of Lakes for its rich heritage. It now symbolizes despair, disease and death, all this for no fault of the state. Is there no solution? When will this curse wear off?

What do you have to say?

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9 thoughts on “Bhopal Tragedy: An Unending Saga of Undeserved Sorrow

  1. and it will be same next year too..
    dont know what to say .. the people who shud be doing something dont give a damn they have made their bucks from the foreign company not to try them in law etc and they probably have taken there share from what was to be paid to people ..

    so dont know

  2. Every sin that had occured are being observed are being observed like Martyr’s day. Politicians grow every day and swindles nation’s economy and ours are spectator

  3. It is not mere Bhopal, it is not mere Mumbai, it is not mere New York – universally this has been a customary ritual. To observe the anniversary of any tragic event – in most cases it is man made – and to conveniently forget about it for another 365 days. Fortunately, Indians have many such occasions to remember. Thanks to our leaders and their irrational policies! Instead of learning a lesson we merely find it an opportunity to exploit the ignorant and the deprived! And for the media, such events provide more fodder.

  4. Bikram :
    and it will be same next year too..
    dont know what to say .. the people who shud be doing something dont give a damn they have made their bucks from the foreign company not to try them in law etc and they probably have taken there share from what was to be paid to people ..
    so dont know

    Yes Bikram. Very true. Some things happen and we just can’t do anything about it except maybe, cry, scream or write as I did. It is horrid that it happened and it is terrible that we keep observing the farce year in and year out without achieving anything at all.

  5. B.Ramakrishnan :
    Every sin that had occured are being observed are being observed like Martyr’s day. Politicians grow every day and swindles nation’s economy and ours are spectator

    Yes, Ramakrishnan. It is sad no and so very frustrating. And public memory is short too. These politicians count on that…

  6. Sudha :
    It is not mere Bhopal, it is not mere Mumbai, it is not mere New York – universally this has been a customary ritual. To observe the anniversary of any tragic event – in most cases it is man made – and to conveniently forget about it for another 365 days. Fortunately, Indians have many such occasions to remember. Thanks to our leaders and their irrational policies! Instead of learning a lesson we merely find it an opportunity to exploit the ignorant and the deprived! And for the media, such events provide more fodder.

    Yes, I agree Sudha. It is all a farce. We humans are like this only….what a pitiful state of affairs. When will we every learn? When the human race has become extinct?!

  7. Very sad to recall the tragedy. The govt should at least take preventive steps to avoid such incidents and provide best medical care to victims.

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