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Bhopal update - 07-26-11

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 408906
Date 2011-07-26 17:11:41
Scot, Tomm,

The Bhopal gas NGOs held a "huge rally" (photo in DNA paper looks like
300-400 people), marched from the Bhopal Talkies theatre and presented to
the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Governor a memo for Prime Minister
Singh calling for the curative petition on compensation and the UCC
settlement to be revised with "facts and figures consistent with the
actual damage caused by the disaster." Rachna Dhingra was quoted on behalf
of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action, offering to "point out
lacunae [gaps/holes] in the curative petition."

She said the current form of the curative petition "would only serve to
misinform the Supreme Court regarding the extent of damage caused by the
corporation and it would thus be an obstruction to the delivery of justice
to the Bhopal victims."

The DNA article was not found online, but the Daily Pioneer also reported
on the protest. DNA's coverage was on p5 of the Indore edition at the top
of the page with one short column of text and a 3-column wide photo.

Mail Today published an editorial comment on the curative petition and
called for it to be "withdrawn from the Supreme Court, amended suitably
and filed again."

The article was not found online.

Al Jazeera published a lengthy article by high-profile activist Vandana
Shiva in which she cited the Bhopal gas disaster as an example of
corporations as sources of "toxic pollution." The article was a general
condemnation of capitalism and the current Indian administration.

CSR Wire published a review by Elaine Cohen of a book titled "Corporate
Social Responsibility: An Ethical Approach," by Mark Schwarz. Cohen wrote:
"The heart of the book, however, is a grand debate between Milton Friedman
and The Body Shop positions on a range of CSR-related case studies" and
the Bhopal gas tragedy is grouped with the Johnson & Johnson Tylenol
contamination incident and "the river blindness story and Merck, the
pharmaceutical company."

Express News Service reported a film festival at Thiruvananthapuram will
include "After the Genocide," based on the Bhopal tragedy. (This film is
not familiar to me)

The BMA website posted the India Today article on the NGOs' press
statement about the compensation and mortality/morbidity figures, and
posted Twitter and Facebook links to the post.

Ann Sigsby

Senior Analyst

Allis Information Management


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