The survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy have termed the TATA group chairman Ratan Tata as anti-national person.
The leaders of four organizations of survivors of the Bhopal Union Carbide disaster have condemned Ratan Tata’s offer to clear the path for Dow-Union Carbide‘s investments in India. Ratan Tata is leading an effort to pay for and clean up Union Carbide’s toxic waste in Bhopal.
The survivors lodged a protest against Tata’s decision. They displayed a poster of Ratan Tata with a garland of shoes around his neck. They are consistently calling Tata as the anti-national person.
They were making allegations that he is causing damage to the people and environment by facilitating the expansion of US multinational Dow Chemical in this country.
At the same time, the protesting people appealed to all Bhopal survivors to just boycott Tata’s salt as a mark of protest. They also made an appeal to launch a national boycott campaign against Tata’s products.
The survivors’ leaders said that Dow Chemical had taken over the environmental liabilities of Bhopal in 2001 when it became the 100% owner of Union Carbide.
According to the polluter pays principle, Dow/Union Carbide must pay for the clean up in Bhopal. People were angry against the Tata’s decision to work in fovor of Dow chemical.