(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
July 25, 2010
DHARNA IN KOLKATA
Persons Demand Justice For
exceptional show of
determination, thousands of disabled persons staged a sit-in
front of the United States Information Centre in Kolkata on July 12.
indomitable spirit could not be drenched by the heavy rains that lashed
that day. They had assembled at the call of the Paschimbanga Rajya
Sammilani, in a show of solidarity with the victims of the
chartered by the Sammilani units to bring in disabled persons from
of the state to participate in the programme. Around 400 of them from
programme was the participation of seventeen victims of the world’s
industrial disaster, who had come all the way from
among those to
address the participants were Kanti Ganguly, general secretary of the
and minister for sports and Sundarban affairs. Pratim Chatterjee,
fire services in
All the speakers accused the successive governments, both at the centre and in Madhya Pradesh, of serving the interests of corporates like the Union Carbide. They also pointed out that sections of the judiciary were also affected by this approach. The speakers drew attention to the fact that this attitude and callousness were more so since the victims were mostly poor. A tragedy that could have been averted if only adequate safety measures had been put in place, was allowed to happen because of the criminal negligence of the multinational giant and the complicity of the local administration.
The complicity of the governments of that time, both at the centre and in Madhya Pradesh, in trying to shield the guilty responsible for this horrendous crime and facilitating the escape of Warren Anderson, the CEO of the Union Carbide, drew universal condemnation. The speakers also emphasised that the introduction of the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill in Rajya Sabha reveals that there has been no change in the outlook and perception of the Congress-led central government.
among others, Sammelini joint secretaries Sailen Chaudhury and Prabir
a memorandum addressed to the American ambassador through the consular
general’s office in Kolkata. It demanded, among other things, the
repatriation of Warren Anderson to face trial in
The programme concluded with the burning of an effigy of Warren Anderson amidst slogans demanding the bringing of the culprits to book and justice to the victims.