Bhopal Gas Tragedy

On 7th June, 2010, a court in the Indian city of Bhopal sentenced eight people to two years each in jail over a gas plant leak that killed around 25 thousand people and affected lakhs of victims in the December of 1984. The convictions are the first since the disaster at the Union Carbide plant - the world's worst industrial accident. Many feel that the judgment is too less in relation to the crime that was committed. What's worse is that Union Carbide’s chairman at the time of the disaster, Warren Anderson, now 89, lives in seclusion in Long Island, New York, and is unreachable. Being away from India, it is also further disheartening that he cannot be tried according to the Indian Judiciary system rules. I covered the Bhopal Gas Tragedy 25 years protests in December 2009, and had a chance to visit the factory and also interact with a few families. The impact of the disaster cannot be felt in words read in the newspapers only. One has to see the images of the location, and hear stories from the locals, in order to believe what happened.  Nothing can substitute an actual location visit to study the impact. An entire generation was lost through this disaster. As a documentary photographer it is always difficult to document these situations, as it requires one's emotions to be strong. It is easy to get affected by the carnage around and be deeply moved on hearing the stories. Some of the images from the below collection were featured on galleries on Hindustan Times Online, on 9th June 2010.
A child explores the area around the factory
A child explores the area around the factory
Mother Daughter
Mother Daughter
Twisted Fates
Twisted Fate
Where to go?
Where to go?
Burning Anderson
Burning Anderson
At the epicenter of every protest lies just one man and that is Warren Anderson.  His effigies were burnt endless times and at different locations
Motors and Lines
Motors and Lines
A CloseUp of the Plant
A Close Up of the Plant
Of Pipes and Pillars
Of Pipes and Pillars
Phosgene Tank
One of the Phosgene Tanks in the factory premises
The Dying Light
The Dying Light
Innocent Children
Innocent Children
The affected comprise of innocent children who have no clue of what is being passed on them through their elder generations, to older women who know that something really bad happened that fateful December night.
Years of Agony
Years of Agony
Chai Wala adjacent the boundary wall of the factory
Chai Wala adjacent the boundary wall of the factory
Justice On or Off
Justice On or Off
Even after 25 years after the gas leak, 390 tons of toxic chemicals abandoned at the UCIL plant continue to leak and pollute the groundwater in the region and affect thousands of Bhopal residents who depend on it. This has been recorded in numerous journals and research work, but the actions taken after it been negligible.
Weeping Lady
Weeping Lady
After the people who got away in Bhopal gas tragedy case, it will definitely have a lot of people question the Indian Judiciary System. We as the normal citizens can only hope for the best. Some more images from the event and the location can be seen below.

14 thoughts on “Bhopal Gas Tragedy

  1. Very poignant images Kshitiz. You are right, the impact of this tragedy on seeing these images is far far greater than reading about in the newspapers and articles.
    It is a joke that they have been slapped with only 2 years in jail and puny fines…

  2. Very vivid and lively presentation. Your pics say more than what I have been reading. Great work !

  3. EXCELLENT HOBBY AND THE GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO THE SOCIETY ON NGO PROGRAM-ME, SALUTE TO THE HIGH THINKING, DEDICATION AND DEVOTION TO BUILD THE FUTURE OF COUNTRY

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