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

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How Many More Bhopals

SEVEN years ago this week thousands died in Bhopal because of bad manufacturing and storage practices of hazardous chemicals, the tragedy being compounded because the company withheld information about the chemical. Last week 67 people died on the road near Bombay because of unsafe roads and bad transport practices and because the victims could not comprehend the information which was, theoretically, available to them. While the two disasters are hardly comparable in magnitude, they represent reference points of a problem which is confronting industrialising societies: how to make the manufacture, handling and transport of inherently unsafe substances deemed to be necessary inputs for 'modernisation', safe?

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