Thursday, August 17, 2006

A Death in Bhopal

"The end came without him realising his dream of seeing anyone brought to justice over the world's worst industrial accident."
Such sad words in this man's life's story, a man who bravely fought the fight despite poverty, physical and mental illnesses. Rest in peace, Sunil Verma.

I wonder how much there is still to be discovered about the long-term effects of this disaster. For example, this line from the BBC story came as news to me:

"He was finally diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia - a mental illness which affected many gas survivors"...(emphasis mine)

And there are still 20,000 Indians affected by the Disaster who have received neither compensation nor medical aid.

While the Beeb carried this article only today, The Independent ran this 2 weeks ago.


Tabula Rasa said...

i too had to re-read the story several times yesterday to figure out that the poor guy had passed away several weeks ago. but then, i wouldn't have known otherwise. was there any mention at all in the indian media?

km said...

TR, apparently not. At least not online. (I am told Indian newspapers often have more and better content than their staggeringly bad online versions)

Is it the lack of interest in an unsexy story or is Bhopal now considered one of the many "bad" things that happened in the 80s? Who knows.