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The shame of Bhopal, which we all share, is not so much of ‘justice delayed is justice denied’, but the fact that, in 2010, India is still two countries.

Delhi Diary
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Justice, What’s That?

I have nothing new to say on the Bhopal gas tragedy, except to reiterate one glaring fact: of the four Estates allegedly protecting our democracy, three (the executive, the legislature and the judiciary) were working relentlessly to ensure that UCC/Dow got off lightly. Simultaneously, they were working relentlessly to ensure that the victims of the disaster were scandalously short-changed. Despite the crocodile tears and belated muscle-flexing to nail the culprits who made sure Warren Anderson got VIP treatment when he entered and exited India, both the UPA and the NDA regimes, aided and abetted by almost every well-known Supreme Court lawyer and judge, stand guilty of monumental betrayal and gross inhumanity. (The lawyer who emerges with the greatest dishonour is the late Nani Palkhivala. He persuaded the US courts, on behalf of UCC, not to entertain compensation demands by the victims in American courts; if the cases had been tried in New York, Warren Anderson’s company would have gone bankrupt paying damages.) I would not like to believe that these otherwise patriotic legal and political worthies sold out for monetary considerations.

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