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The Bhopal gas disaster and the poor state of occupational health and safety in India

George Thomas

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2010.078


The egregious verdict, delivered after 26 long years, in the Bhopal gas case is merely the foretold result of an unholy collaboration between the political class, the bureaucracy and the judiciary. The blatant manoeuvres that ensured that this kind of verdict would be delivered are a matter of public record. One suspects that most ordinary people are not surprised. The rich and powerful being held responsible for their callous acts is quite rare in India. Most people do not expect the system to automatically deliver justice in India. It is a kind of general assumption that it takes a lot of effort, persistence, and the luck to have bureaucrats and judges of integrity, to see justice done occasionally.

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