Only an inheritance of loss for Bhopal’s gas tragedy victims
This has reference to Tough new law for next Bhopal: Govt. (June 09). It is shameful that the Indian government always wakes up and tries to amend its faults after disasters have occurred and destroyed countless lives. It’s unbelievable how every time the rich and the wrong doers get off scot-free while the victims are left to suffer. That the government has thought of enacting stricter laws for industrial disasters in future is pointless as this will take a long time to kick in. Instead of mouthing empty promises, the government and the Indian judiciary should try to punish the culprits to ensure that another Bhopal gas leak doesn’t take place.
A.L. Agarwal, Delhi
The Bhopal gas tragedy verdict amounts to a travesty of justice. It’s a classic case of justice that is delayed, denied. By awarding just two years imprisonment to all the seven accused, the Indian judiciary has made a mockery of those who died. The Centre should immediately demand the extradition of Warren Anderson. Compensation that has been paid to the kin of the victims hardly provides consolation, as they have lost far more than just the lives of family members.
Hansraj Bhat, via email
No power to the people
In her piece The crumpled saari (June 9) Sagarika Ghose rightly underlines the dominance of the Indian political scene by the privileged. The Indian political movement from the days of Independence has been mostly an elitist affair. The Gandhis and the Nehrus have always ruled over us and continue to do so. It’s true that individuals like Mamata Banerjee provide a tangible representation of the aam aadmi. In a democracy like ours, which is on its way to becoming a monarchy, politicians like Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati are needed to represent the people who make up the real India.
Ramesh Sinha, Delhi
It’s too soon to call Mamata Banerjee a mass leader. It’s true that she has created a space for herself on the Indian political scene, but she is yet to prove her mettle. The votes that Banerjee got in the recently-concluded civic polls in Bengal were more anti-government than in favour of the Trinamool Congress. It’s presumptuous to brand her a mass leader as we are not sure whether she has a pan-Indian vision in the first place.
D.R. Gulati, via email
A real price vise
This refers to No fuel price hike decision yet (June 08). Although the decision to raise fuel prices has been deferred by the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM), it spells doom for the common man. Sooner or later the charges are going to go up. And this raise will further add to the increased expenditure of the common man. As the international fuel prices are stable, there’s no reason for the government to raise fuel prices yet.
G.K. Arora, Delhi
India’s interests come first
Sitaram Yechury in Come out of the Shell (June 8), made the oft-repeated argument for India to let go of its unwavering support for Israel in view of the inhuman treatment it has meted out to the Palestinians. The recent flotilla incident has certainly been a violation of human rights, but one shouldn’t miss the woods for the trees because of this. One should not forget that India needs to protect its strategic interests considering the increased militarisation of China and American support for Pakistan. We need to preserve our Israeli connections. Given the present volatile scenario, India should not compromise on its national interests.
Karan Thakur, Delhi