Eurig Scandrett concludes our series on 25 years of the Bhopal gas survivors’ movement with a reflection on how poor and ignorant people learnt everyday forms of resilience in the face of oppression and how that resilience evolved into resistance and political protest
How did the Bhopal campaign for justice come to be led by uneducated, cloistered women who had scarcely stepped out of their homes? Why are these women willing to stake both family and social priorities to create space for political engagement? This article looks at the gender dimension of the 25-year-old Bhopal survivors movement
By the 1990s, with their new slogan No More Bhopals, the Bhopal movement had shifted from the retributive, eye-for-an-eye approach to an environmental justice approach. How did these poor and marginalised communities of Old Bhopal come to understand and define Bhopal as one of hundreds of people’s struggles against environmental prejudice? How did they reach out to pollution-impacted communities all over the world?
Since the gas disaster of 1984, Union Carbide Corporation (now part of Dow Chemicals) has played a cat-and-mouse game of corporate restructuring in a bid to conceal liability from Indian courts. Part 2 of our series on the Bhopal Survivors’ Movement chronicles the long struggle to hold the corporation liable
Twenty-five years after the world’s most devastating industrial disaster in Bhopal in 1984, Infochange chronicles the history of the remarkable people’s movement that arose from amongst the survivors of the gas leak. The movement has campaigned ceaselessly for justice for the gas-affected, taking on governments and multinational corporations in the process