ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Government Responsibility for Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Government Responsibility for Bhopal Gas Tragedy Radhika Ramaseshan THE mass of technical detail thrown up by all the speculation, explanations and theories emanating from official and private quarters in the aftermath of the Bhopal gas tragedy has established the culpability of Union Carbide for the mass killing. It is important, however, not to overlook the role of the government. The issue boils down to something as simple and basic as this: the plant would not have come up in the first place had the government not granted the licence. The government cannot calim that it did not have the sort of data which would have required it to enforce stringent checks on the plant. At every stage since the inceptionof the plant the government has been fully aware of the noxious character of the materials the plant was using for the manufacture of pesticides. What it lacked was the will and the intent to come down strongly on Union Carbide.

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