Comment Piece

30th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BHOPAL GAS DISASTER

The Bhopal disaster is the world’s worst industrial disaster ever. A deadly gas leak occurred on the night of 2–3 December 1984 at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India.

More than 25,000 have died due to toxic exposure to date.

For the 30 year anniversary, I worked on press and PR for the Bhopal Medical Appeal,. This included writing press packs, distributing press releases and arranging interviews. I saw stories produced by the New York Times, Al Jazeera, Der Spiegel, and BBC World, amongst other world-class publications.

But I had my story to tell too.

Below is a comment piece I wrote for my intended audience, the UK’s Indian diaspora.

My intention was to bring home my vision of a country they’d long left: one in a continued cycle of monetary pursuit – persistently at expense of the poorest.

Eastern Eye-Faded