Geographia Polonica (1995) vol. 64

Demographic consequences of the Bhopal disaster

Sudesh Nangia

Geographia Polonica (1995) vol. 64, pp. 187-200 | Full text

This paper examines the nature of the industrial disaster which shook the city of Bhopal during December, 1984, going into the debate as to why and how the incident occurred. Whether it was a human error, a technical flaw or a fait accomplie, the MIC gas leak from the Union Carbide plant damaged extensively the city's ecosystem. The impact lingers on. While welfare measures are in response to human sufferings, the dilemma of huge capital investment made in the Union Carbide project going to waste and a generation of people rendered physically disabled continues to haunt the nation.

Keywords: Industrial disaster, Bhopal, India

Sudesh Nangia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 39 Dakshinapuran, New Delhi 110067, India