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The Bhopal disaster 35 years on: Why the full truth remains unknown


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The Bhopal disaster 35 years on: Why the full truth remains unknown

By Simon Ings IT WAS a brutal statement of a brutal tragedy. “Poison gas leaking from a pesticide plant killed more than 1000 people in central India this week, and injured more than 20 000,” our correspondent Debora MacKenzie wrote in our issue of 6 December 1984. “It was the sort of mass disaster which…

The Bhopal disaster 35 years on: Why the full truth remains unknown

By Simon Ings

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IT WAS a brutal statement of a brutal tragedy. “Poison gas leaking from a pesticide plant killed more than 1000 people in central India this week, and injured more than 20 000,” our correspondent Debora MacKenzie wrote in our issue of 6 December 1984. “It was the sort of mass disaster which may become increasingly frequent as cities in the Third World grow and surround factories.”

Thankfully, that hasn’t come to pass, at least not on the scale of the leak from the plant run by a local subsidiary of the US-based chemical corporation Union Carbide in Bhopal, capital city of Madhya Pradesh. “Many of the …

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