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The hapless demise of helplessness

He was in trouble, real trouble. This much I could see. He ran here and there trying to protect himself from something he himself did not know, understand or see. His mind was going haywire, his body in pain, and thoughts, well, the less said the better. The vehicles on the road appeared scary. He ran into a place which seemed desolate. Stairs appeared before him. He climbed them all till he could climb no more. Suddenly, a dog appeared before him from nowhere. Its bark tormented him, scared him and reminded him of what he was and what he had become. In desperation he scratched the dog leaving the dog scamper away howling.

It could happen

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?