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This Happened—December 3: Bhopal, Industrial Horror In India

Considered the world’s worst industrial incident in modern times, the Bhopal gas tragedy was a chemical accident at a pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.

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What caused the Bhopal Disaster?

A leak of 45 tons of the gas methyl isocyanate escaped from the pesticide plant, wafting into the neighboring residential area and killing people there. Investigations later proved that operating and safety procedures at the time had been insufficient and the plant had been severely understaffed.

How many deaths were caused by the Bhopal Disaster?

The final Bhopal death toll was somewhere between 15,000 to 20,000 people. Another half a million survivors suffered respiratory problems, eye irritation or blindness, and other sickness due to exposure to the gas. The exact number of those who died prematurely after exposure is incalculable. As compensation, most were given just a few hundred dollars.

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Modi Is Wrong: Russia's War Also Creates Real Risks For India

By shrugging aside Russia’s aggression, India has shown indifference to fears that China could follow Russia’s example.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visits Russia

Anita Inder Singh*

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NEW DELHI — India is wrong to dismiss Russia’s war in Ukraine as Europe’s problem. The illegality and destructiveness of the invasion, and consequential food and energy crises, have global ramifications.

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This explains why 143 out of the 193 member-states of the UN General Assembly voted against recognizing Russia’s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions after holding sham referenda there. Ninety-three voted in favor of expelling Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.

India has abstained from every vote in the UN condemning Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The reason? Moscow is India’s top arms supplier and some 70% of India’s military platforms are of Russian origin.

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