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Bhopal gas survivors protest near Obama in New Delhi

By Rama Lakshmi

More than 400 survivors of the 26-year-old Union Carbide gas leak protested on the streets in the heart of New Delhi on Monday and demanded justice from President Barack Obama, who spent the morning locked in meetings with senior Indian officials not too far away.

Holding up Obama posters saying "No Business without Justice for Bhopal", the survivors affected by the ground water contamination caused by hazardous waste demanded a complete clean-up of the toxic waste in their neighborhood of more than 30,000 families. Survivors from the central Indian city of Bhopal have been claiming that the responsibility of clean-up lies with the Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemicals Co, which acquired Union Carbide Corp. in 2001.

"We cannot have Barack Obama keeping silent on this, as he promotes American business ties with India. We want Obama to fulfill his moral responsibility for the crime committed by Union Carbide, whose former chairman continues to elude Indian courts for more than two decades," said Satinath Sarangi, an activist with Bhopal Group for Information and Action. "People continue to suffer with diseases. Generations have been destroyed."

One survivor held up a poster asking "Is B.H.O a pal of Bhopal?" using Obama's initials.

By Rama Lakshmi  | November 8, 2010; 2:06 AM ET
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Thanks to your reporter for picking up the protests' story (from the Bhopal disaster sufferers) on the streets of New Delhi.
Obama's administration would have shown its extra magnanimity if it had agreed to meet with the protesters, even symbolically. Remember, Gorbachev used to come on the streets to mingle with the crowd, overstepping security ring.
However, implementing the unmet demands of the sufferers is the duty of the Indian government also.
Let there be an international consensus to help the victims of the Bhopal tragedy.
Dundas, Ontario
Nov 9, 2010

Posted by: prasadbinoy | November 9, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Bhopal, India, 1985 where the world community allowed a major international conglomerate leave a town behind to die after a major disaster. When, I was injured as a federal employee 1/10/1989 my first pulmonologist said: if you want to understand your injures' read about Bhopal India. He wasn't referring only to the physical injuries and proper medical treatment but to the on going hassle and down right illegal acts that would take place in every agency and facet of our govt and health industry insurance system in 'leaving' those in the USA with all of our supposed constitutional rights in the same situation as those in India faced. Yes, I have permanent medical benefits with US Dept of labor, but there contractor was ordered to not input my oxygen claims as: the computer will pay them ( and thus As 'they' say: you won't be offline of the official system and you'll have to pay all the bills. 'We' want to 'dump them onto medicare and we'll see to it that erroneous info is posted all over that she already got a workers comp settlement and retired and then Illinois Blues won't have to pay first on anything either.) Diagnosis codes will be manipulated by the various claims processing contractors and ensure continual life threatening situations if her doctors rely on it for a medical history. Don't worry, international conglomerates, we have high ranking officials on duty in the various federal agencies that will 'go along' with the violation of civil rights and 'we, the international conglomerates' will assure that all civil rights complaints' disappear' out of that federal Office so they will never even get counted in and reviewed and investigated and we might end up with monetary judgements lodged against us." After all, 'we' the elite of this world think there are a few too many billion people already and 'we' have the power to 'get rid' of anyone that is not a 'healthy slave.'
As a Christian, that attitude is taught to be called the 'spirit of the anti Christ.' Most world religions up hold the dignity and worth of the individual and the inalienable right to choose to live. If Christ were here, walking among us,, surely He would be considered one of those that needed to be eliminated as He cured lepers and the blind and associated with all the 'wrong' kinds of people. 'We the people' have seen these powerful and few take control of every facet of our lives and 'cast us off' if we get injured by some of their products or speak out in defense of those who have been 'cast off' as those in Bhopal, India where this pervasive world wide attitude of caring little about human safety began? Modern chemicals and products make our lives 'easier' but when 'accidents' occur or we learn that they may be harmful: WE MUST ENSURE THAT OUR GOVERMENTS DON'T ALLOW HARM TO CONTINUE. Linda Joy Adams

Posted by: LindaJoyAdams | November 8, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if 'bob55' had any type of education. Such nitwit comments should be reserved for the garbage. Oops, I forgot; there is such a thing as freedom of speech no matter how idiotic, inane, insane, or ridiculous it is. (run for your dictionary Bob!

Posted by: mpomroy | November 8, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

"Bhopal gas survivors protest near Obama in New Delhi"--No they didn't! They couldn't have! We have Obammmy, who put a whammy on America hating. Oooooooh, ...if only messiah Oblamer had given them a wink or nod, there would be peace in India. Terrorists already love the US because Obama's middle name is "Hussein". Ya see, I believe all the mesmerizing blather Progressive Socialists teach us and our children. Anyone who doesn't is an ignorant racist...see?

Posted by: bob59 | November 8, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

This is terrible! Stop just reading the news. Help solving the crimes by studying criminal justice at

Posted by: danakarni8 | November 8, 2010 3:06 AM | Report abuse

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