The Bhopal Disaster of 1984

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The Bhopal Disaster of 1984
Roli Varma and Daya R. Varma Bulletin of Science Technology & Society 2005 25: 37 DOI: 10.1177/0270467604273822 The online version of this article can be found at:

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R. Varma, 1986; D. R. Varma & Guest, 1993). In 2002, a play “Bhopal” was staged in Canada as well as in India. The Nature of Things of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation screened the documentary “Bhopal: The Search for Justice,” directed by Peter Raymont and Lindalee Tracey, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster. The Bhopal issue has been taken up by numerous organizations. Sambhavana Foundation, which came into being as a response to the disaster, operates a free clinic for the victims, does epidemiological and envi-


Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, Vol. 25, No. 1, February 2005, 37-45 DOI: 10.1177/0270467604273822 Copyright  2005 Sage Publications

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Figure 1. Map of Bhopal showing the location of the UCIL plant and the areas most severely affected (shaded). Inset: Location of Bhopal in India.

ronmental research, and is building a hospital. Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla, two survivors of the tragedy and activists of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2004. In this article, we present what happened in Bhopal and why. We outline the double

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