ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Bhopal Righting Wrongs

Bhopal: Righting Wrongs HALF a decade after the Bhopal disaster there appears to be some movement towards a more realistic and humane recompense to the victims of the disaster. The National Front government's decision to review the Bhopal settlement comes as a welcome change from the dealings of the Rajiv Gandhi government. As Dinesh Goswami, minister of law and justice, explained, the parlies now constituting the government had when they occupied the opposition benches held the settlement to be a sell-out because they felt "the agreement was hastily arrived at and the amount was inadequate". Now in power, the fact that the National Front had decided to act on its earlier stand is indeed laudatory. The question is whether it will allow this decision to be diluted by pressures from the industry lobby which is likely to surface in the wake of the decision.

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