The globe largest industrial disaster, killing together with maiming thousands to a greater extent than inward the years to come upwards as the Hindustan Times says today (The haunting past times Indrajit Hazra, HT December 2, 2009), is a reflection of what Republic of Republic of India has come upwards downward to. Not drawing whatsoever lessons from the Bhopal tragedy, Republic of Republic of India merrily goes on relying on such hazardous and toxic technologies. In fact, it has opened its doors broad plenty for dingy technologies together with products.
Republic of Republic of India is literally on sale.
You tin flame marketplace whatsoever dingy engineering to India. All you lot necessitate to produce is to allocate a few crores for ‘education’ (remember, the phrase used past times the sometime Enron boss inward India), together with brand claims near creating work past times bringing inward unusual straight investment (FDI), together with order loudly: Khul Ja SimSim. The door opens.
No wonder, Republic of Republic of India has larn the world’s biggest dustbin.
I was amused to read when Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, during his take in to the Union Carbide site inward September 2009, picked upwards a handful of reason together with said: Look, I’m belongings this and I’m all the same alive. A similar deed was performed past times Babulal Gaur, Madhya Pradesh Gas Relief Minister, when he told journalists that he had handled some waste matter together with non larn ill. And inward the words of writer Indra Sinha (who was curt -listed for the Booker, for his fiction Animal’s People): A cynic remarked that this was similar touching a cigarette together with saying, “Look, I haven’t got lung cancer.”
Such stupidity is non alone a merchandise grade of Indian politicians. Alan Hunter, writer of Curing Food Allergies wrote inward a communication: Tony Blair stood on the steps of 10 Downing Street years agone together with ate a GM tomato. He said, “See I’ve eaten it. I’m fine.”
That’s similar the Prime MInister of the fourth dimension of Sir Walter Raleigh who brought tobacco to the UK, standing on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street smoking a unmarried cigarette together with maxim “See? I’m fine. I’m non dead.” It is the long term consumption of GMOs that volition select near early on deaths together with organ damage.
Nevertheless, Indra Sinha goes on to order that why Union Carbide’s victims are all the same dying inward Bhopal is because Republic of Republic of India itself is dying nether the corrupt together with self-serving dominion of rotten leaders. Bhopal volition non endure healed, cured or cleaned, every bit long every bit the power-brokers together with the money-brokers are allowed to larn away amongst it. [Read his provoking article inward the HT, Poisoned and shut http://www.hindustantimes.com/Poisoned-and-shut/H1-Article1-482020.aspx]
In an accompanying editorial, the Hindustan Times talks about the Kaiga nuclear found leak, which I reckon every bit another disaster inward the making. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 lot has been said together with written near the signing of the Indo-US civilian nuclear cooperation agreement. Newspapers (including the Hindustan Times) accept gone ga-ga over it shouting from the rooftop on how of import it volition endure for India. Already pacts accept been signed amongst France, Canada together with Argentine Republic for civilian nuclear engineering sales, together with an understanding amongst the US of America on enrichment together with reprocessing engineering inward on way.
Again, it is worth mentioning that acre the love-affair the westward had for nuclear plants is on the wane, India’s excitement is unpalatable. Canada together with French Republic had for long been looking for places where they could dump their nuclear plants, together with Republic of Republic of India has come upwards to their rescue.
Ship-breaking every bit good is an practise which is highly polluting, together with damaging to the people who are involved. Yet, Republic of Republic of India has emerged every bit the prime number destination. Asbestos, which has been banned inward several countries for its carcinogenic properties, is in 1 lawsuit to a greater extent than welcome inward India. PET bottles are sent all the mode from the US of America to Republic of Republic of India for recycling, together with shipped back. The US of America does non permit recycling of PET bottles.
The listing of such hazardous imports is endless.
As if this is non enough, Republic of Republic of India is immediately awaiting its showtime genetically modified nutrient crop — Bt brinjal. Once again, Republic of Republic of India is ready to opened upwards its overflowing gates to a risky, unhealthy, environmentally polluting together with an unwanted technology. GM crops are also beingness pushed together with promoted nether the Indo-US Knowledge Initiative inward Agriculture Research, Development and Marketing (KIA). The nation feels proud inward signing the KIA, but similar it boasts of the advantages from the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement.
Dirty merchandise every bit good needs to be legitimised. Otherwise the needle of suspicion will betoken inward alone one direction. Republic of Republic of India is therefore eager to sign agreements, together with so that the blame larn deflected to the faulty system. You tin flame ever dub it every bit an example of bad governance.