Life is cheap in India.
Real cheap. Particularly, the lives of the poor and helpless.
Some 15,000-20,000 people died and another 200,000-600,000 were injured in the worst industrial disaster in India triggered by the carelessness of Union Carbide (now part of Dow Chemicals) when deadly methyl isocyanate gas escaped from the company’s plant and wafted over poor neighborhoods in the central Indian city of Bhopal on December 2-3, 1984.
And what did the survivors and victims of the tragedy get: a big fart on their faces in the form of a paltry compensation of just a few hundred dollars and after 26 years, a slap-on-the-wrist punishment of two-years imprisonment and an inconsequential fine on seven officials of Union Carbide.
Two Years Maximum Imprisonment
Ha ha ha.
15,000-20,000 people die and several hundred thousand are injured and the company officials get a mere two year jail-time.
Hell, somebody sure is riding the crack-train here.
Yes, and the convicted officials are already out on bail.
We’ve said this a million times and we’ll say it yet again – Beneath all this middle-class shibboleths of Mera Bharat Mahaan and Shining India India is a festering, stinking shit-hole where the poor have no voice and are often crushed into oblivion while scumbag criminals like Salman Khan (remember, his alleged drunk-driving incident that killed one person and injured three others is still stuck and languishing in the court system) make a mockery of equal justice for all.
But why should we be surprised. After all, India had no past, no present and, most certainly, has no future.
Hey, what’s that noise?
Ah, must be the ghosts of Bhopal Gas victims wailing Mera Bharat Mahaan.