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?