Sunday, June 13, 2010

Massacre of Justice

I believe each and everyone reading this post will be aware of the recent judgement by the Bhopal court.Anyway lets have a brief recap of what has happened in 1984 and what the judgement is all about.

Bhopal gas tragedy,world's worst industrial disaster,occurred in the year 1984, December 2nd midnight at the Union Carbide India Limited(UCIL) pesticide plant,in Bhopal(Madhya Pradesh).The leakage of a poisonous gas,Methyl IsoCyanate(MIC),in the UCIL plant has lead to the death of 1000s of people.Approximately,some 15000 people were killed in this leakage.Even today people are born with physical disabilities due to the incident.

If we analyse the reason for this leakage,we can get a simple answer.Its the negligence of the people working there.After this incident,the CEO of UCIL,Warren Anderson,came to India.He was arrested and released on bail by the Madhya Pradesh police on Dec7th,1984.He was sent to Delhi safely in a state govt owned flight.From there,he left India.Then it has been concluded that he has absconded.

           Warren Anderson

Well,there is evidence that he knew the plant's design was faulty and did not conform to the American standards of safety.Still he never took any corrective measures.If reports are to be believed,it was Mr.Arjun Singh,the then CM of Madhya Pradesh,has got a phone call from the central govt and after that phone call, Anderson was allowed to go to Delhi,in the govt., flight.Reports say that the call was from the Ministry of External Affairs,which was under the control of the then Home Minister,Mr.Narasimha Rao(the External Affairs minister was ill at that time,so it was under Mr.Rao's control). Former CBI officer,B R Lall has given an open statement that he was pressurized by the central govt(Congress govt,Mr.Rajiv Gandhi was the PM) in this case. Congress leader DigVijay Singh has stated that Anderson was let off due to pressure from US and P C Alexander,former secretary of Mr.Rajiv Gandhi also told that Anderson might have been let off due to pressure from US.
       Arjun Singh

So,from the above facts it seems that the Rajiv Gandhi's govt and Arjun Singh's govt has worked hard to save Anderson,an American.But they never thought about the condition of the innocent people,which includes kids,ladies,old people etc,who died in this disaster.The case went on for 26 years.Now the judgement has come. As we all know 8 Indians,who were working in UCIL,have got away with a minimal punishment. They have to pay a compensation of 25000 rupees and have to undergo a 2 years imprisonment.The judgement didn't even mention the name of Warren Anderson,the then CEO of the Union Carbide.

Moreover,if am not wrong,these people can again appeal in higher courts against this judgement.Now due to the pressure from media and the public the congress govt is giving statements as if its going to take some strict action.The brainy guy, Mr.Veerappa Moily,the honorable law minister of India,says that they will try to extradite Anderson to India.Now Anderson is 91 yrs old.I don't know what the govt is going to find out by bringing him back to India.When there was clear-cut evidence itself,they didn't(or couldn't) act.So the statements about extradition are nothing more than political stunt.

Just delayed is the justice denied.

The problem with the central govt is that they are not willing to learn from their past mistakes.Well,to be apt,this govt doesn't even seem to bother about the 1000s of victims who died and who r suffering several genetic diseases.Whats there to worry,afterall,the victims were Indians.Now it seems that the govt is planning for another disaster.

Our PM,Manmohan Singh,considers signing the N-Deal with the US as the greatest achievement in his tenure.Now that the US wants India to sign the nuclear civil liability bill.First of all,there are 'n' no. of ways to produce electricity.There is no necessity to go for Nuclear Power plants controlled by private authorities.If I start typing about the hazards of N-Deal,then this post will never end.But still it has to be mentioned here.So just go through the link given below.Mr.P K Iyengar,an atomic scientist clearly explains the disadvantages of N-Deal.


In a 1996 case, the Supreme Court held: “Once the activity carried on is … potentially hazardous, the person [responsible] is liable to make good the loss … irrespective [of] whether he took reasonable care …”. Absolute liability extends to restoring environmental degradation.

The nuclear liability bill violates these principles. It has fixed that the compensation amount incase of any disaster,is approximately 300$ or about Rs.2300 crores.The operator's liability,that is the company,has to pay just 500 Crores and the rest of the amount will be paid by the govt.That is the govt will invite trouble from a foreign country and it will compensate for that trouble using our tax money.Warreh wah!! what an idea sir ji!!!

It seems that the govt is too careful in avoiding troubles in future.I mean troubles from media.Because,if this bill is signed,not only the media,none else can question the govt like what is being done now.So everything will be legalized.

Till today the govt owned nuclear power plants are working fine.If the administration is good enough,then there won't be any power scarcity at all and our own govt can set up more no. of power stations gradually.If Mr.Singh thinks that this is going to be his greatest achievement,am sorry PM ji,if anything goes wrong,u will remain in the memories of many generations,but in a bad light.

The govt has failed to compensate the Bhopal victims monetarily.Atleast if it learns from the past and drops the idea of signing this N-Liability bill,that itself would be a great relief for those who died.Lets pray god that such tragedies doesn't happen again.

Note : Most of the facts mentioned in this article are taken from daily magazines like Indian Express,Dinamani etc. and I have added some points regd the N-Liability bill from the article of Mr.Praful Badwai.

Friday, June 4, 2010

My favorite inspirational writers

Hello people.. I thought of blogging about my college life,but I will do that in another post..First of all I have to think everyone who is reading this blog..Its because of the support given by you people I got 1000+ hits.. So thanks a lot for all your continuous support :-) and continue supporting this blog :-).Now I would like to write something about some great people whom I consider as an inspiration for me in terms of writing.. Most of them are journalists.So let me start.

Cho Ramaswamy:


People who know me personally will be knowing the fact that am a 'Thuglak' fanatic. And yes,it is Mr.Cho-a comedy artiste,a play writer,a lawyer,an honest journalist, is one of my role models in terms of writing articles.Every week I will buy the weekly magazine Thuglak,run by him,without fail.What do I like that much in that magazine?You can't find any vulgar/glamorous photos in it.No free items like soap,shampoo etc, are given along with Thuglak.Facts are not cooked up to please any individual.And the most precious thing that Thuglak has and most of the magazines doesn't have is "HONESTY". Thuglak is the magazine that has the gutts to criticize people in power(be it CM or PM, no matter).He is always considered as an opposition party,because he never fails to point out the negatives of any govt.The only weekly(compared to someother magazines,I know) which writes the true facts about Hinduism is Thuglak. Cho has a lot of respect and bakthi towards Kanchi Maha Swami Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi and at the same time he never failed to criticize fake godmen like nithyananda or premananda.

When he wrote against DMK,his office was assaulted by some goondas.But that didn't stop him from criticizing DMK,instead his writings became even more powerful.He was one of the few bold journalists to question and criticize the emergency brought by Mrs.Indira Gandhi.The speciality of Thuglak is,the satirical comments by Mr.Cho on all politicians and some issues.

Ofcourse I do have difference of opinion in some issues with Thuglak,but still I would proudly say,Thuglak is 'The Best' weekly in TN and one of the best in India.

Aditya Sinha:

He is Aditya Sinha.Actually I couldn't get a better pic of him from google :(.He is one of my favorite columnist in "The New Indian Express".The motto of Indian Express is "courage of journalism" and this man's articles in the editorial page proves it.His articles are hard-hitting and it also has the right mix of humor.IE is the one of the few English journal which is not pro-congress.That doesn't mean its anti-congress.Let me put it simple,it is one of the few unbiased "dailies" in India.And his hard hitting articles are definitely inspiring ones.

S Gurumurthy :

He is another well known commentator on political and economical issues.He writes editorials in Indian Express.His writings appear in Thuglak too.He is a chartered accountant and a bold person.He was a key person who brought out several scandals of some big VIPs.He was the one who found out several facts about the Bofors scandal,to which some newspapers link some top level congress leaders.Now that the central govt is using CBI like a remote control in a video game,so now it would be foolish to think that the real culprits on Bofors scandal will be punished.But hats off Gurumurthy,for bringing out so many facts.He is a man with mission.He has boldly condemned the forceful conversions to other religions.He never hesitates to condemn/criticize the jihadis.His articles on the issue of arresting Sri Jayendra Saraswathi,against the christian missionaries in Orissa at the time of riots in 2008 etc are worth mentioning.

Francois Gautier:

He is Francois Gautier.I have read his articles only in Indian Express.Some of his articles in IE,"What made hindus in Bangalore angry","Slumdog,marxism,regionalism" etc were really inspirational.He is a pro-Hindu writer.I have seen several nice pro-Hindu articles written by him in IE.All these articles are supported by facts and figures.He is a foreigner,still he loves/values the Indian culture much more than some of the so called secular Indians.


He is a great Tamil writer.He writes articles in Dinamani(a Tamil daily) and in 'Thuglak'. The best part of his articles is the way he presents it.He has a great knowledge in Tamil literature.His articles are awesome to read.He has written articles on several issues like Mr.Karunanithi(TN CM :D)'s lust for power,Sania Mirza's marriage,on fake drugs scandal(which is rocking TN now) etc.One thing which I could observe from his articles is that,somehow or other he brings in the name of Mr.Karunanithi and bashes him.What makes me wonder is he perfectly connects Mr.Karunanithi's name in any article.He uses pure Tamil words.His articles have punch,satire,humor,historical references,facts and figures.

And there are some more people whom I would like to mention here,apart from the above mentioned ones.They are people whom I know personally.First I would like to mention about my friend Jagadish.I have read some of his blog posts.On seeing his blog only I too wanted to go for it.I understood how to present articles in a blog(He also used to write lengthy articles like me :D).There are lot of differences between his blog and mine,but his blog created some interest in me to start blogging.So,honestly he is also an inspiration to me :-).

Another guy is there.His name is Vishnu.Myself and him started blogging actively more or less at the same time.Amidst severe pressure and hectic schedule,this guy keeps his blog active by posting articles at regular intervals.At one stage my blog was kind of dead one.I couldn't blog anything here,due to my hectic schedule.But on seeing this guy only again I started blogging regularly by allotting some time specifically to blog.

The above mentioned people's thoughts inspires me a lot,but I follow my own way of writing only(thats y sometimes these blog posts might appear stupid to u :D).I always express only my opinion here and not others' :D.And I have difference of opinion in some issues with all the above mentioned people.

These are the people from whom I learnt and am learning to write articles.And there are also so many other writers whom I like a lot,but only these people inspired me to write articles in public forums.Finally it is the encouragement given by my friends,in my initial stage of blogging,made me to keep it alive for more than 1 year.Had they pointed out only my mistakes in this blog,I might have stopped blogging long back.But they encouraged me.Now am happy that so many others, whom I don't know personally,are also going through this blog regularly. Once again I thank everyone for ur valuable support.