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Bhopal update 09-19-11

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 392726
Date 2011-09-19 18:33:57
Scot, Tomm,

IANS reported the Bhopal NGOs are putting together a "traveling Bhopal gas
tragedy museum" in the form of a bus that is intended to tour the country
for eleven months through most of 2012, then return to Bhopal to be a
permanent exhibit. The project is planned to be ready to open by April
2012, be on display in Bhopal for one month, then set out on tour.

A new fund, the Remember Bhopal Trust, has been set up for the museum, and
museologist Rama Lakshmi has been engaged by the gas survivors to curate
the exhibit. Lakshmi told IANS museums "telling the stories of social
movements" are found across the globe as "safe sites for unsafe ideas"
such as the Holocaust or Apartheid.

Satinath Sarangi said the bus museum is being developed because the
gas-affected have not been consulted over any government-led gas accident
memorial plans, and "the government has no moral right to memorialise
because it is complicit in the injustice meted out to the community."

The piece has been picked up about a dozen times across Indian media.

Sarangi appeared on NewsX live panel program "Waking the Green Giant" with
CSE Deputy Director General Chandra Bhushan and Greenpeace India
campaigner Divya Raghunathan (also spelled Raghunandan). The 26-minute
program covered a lot of ground, moving from water and air pollution to
food contamination, and also the Bhopal gas tragedy (at 19:51 in the
program). Sarangi highlighted "The Other Disaster" of pre-gas leak UCIL's
waste disposal, which he said was designed by UCC and resulted in the
broader environmental contamination and "horrific birth defects" in the
current population.

The moderator asked about the DRDO incineration proposal, with Sarangi
responding the DRDO has been incinerating chemical weapons without the
knowledge of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board. Raghunanthan
recalled the 2002 campaign of "1,000 Bhopals" to raise awareness of other
industrial pollution sites in the country.

In an interesting point near the end of the program was Bhushan defending
Jairam Ramesh's decisions during his tenure as Environment and Forests

The program is available to view on YouTube, although there have only been
about 30 viewings. The program was uploaded on Sept. 17; it was unclear
when it was broadcast.

Daily News & Analysis reported the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI)
reported the Bhopal gas victims were subjected to unethical drug trials at
the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Center. An inspection team also
found other regulatory violations at the hospital during a visit in August
2010. There is no indication of any ramifications of the DCGI's report.
The MP government's report on the drug trials is still pending.

The article appeared on the front page of DNA's Indore edition today.

Youth Kiwaaz, an Indian youth politics and law forum, published an
analysis titled "The Role Economic Forces Played In Influencing Legal
Developments After Bhopal Gas Leak." The conclusion is "The failure of the
Indian government to hold the UCC liable and pierce the corporate veil
goes to show that UOI was ready to industrialize the nation even at the
cost of the Bhopal victims."

Economic Times published a lengthy report on the "Life and Death of Shehla
Masood," the Right To Information activist from who was shot and killed
outside her Bhopal home several weeks ago. The writer observed the Bhopal
gas activist community "has never really warmed up to Shehla's cause,"
which Rachna Dingra commented may have been because "she wasn't so known
in activist circles." She noted RTI activists tend to be more "involved
with government."

Also of interest, the Sundance Film Festival is going to spend one day of
its 2012 festival screening films in nine cities around the country,
including Ann Arbor.

The only activist information to report at this time, is the ICJB Boston
(Boston 4 Bhopal) group has a meeting this evening in Cambridge, possibly
to prepare for protesting Friday's Dow recruiting session at Tufts.

Ann Sigsby

Senior Analyst

Allis Information Management


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