Flowers at the altar of profit and power? 30 years on, the continuing disaster at Bhopal


OU International Development Seminar Series 

Flowers at the altar of profit and power? 30 years on, the continuing disaster at Bhopal 

Professor Steve Tombs

The Open Universitry

Abstract

The night of 2/3 December, 2014 will mark the 30th anniversary of the gas leak which killed thousands at a Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. In this presentation I address and assess the complex claims and counter-claims around responsibility for the disaster, and seek to demonstrate that both the civil settlement and recent criminal cases have failed to provide justice for the victims and to apply justice to the perpetrators.