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Anderson, who had Indian PMs and CJIs at his disposal, dies at 92

Posted on: October 31, 2014

Warren M Anderson died on September 29 at a nursing home in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 92. His death, however, became a public knowledge only a month later when The New York Times reported it on October 30.

His death passed almost unnoticed until an article appeared in Vero Beach 32963, the weekly newspaper of the Vero Beach barrier island, says NYT.

A Brooklyn carpenter’s son, Anderson ascended to the top of the Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) which is remembered in India more for the world’s worst industrial disaster as the leak of poisonous gas from its plant in Bhopal in December 1984 killed thousands and afflicted with multiple ailments lakhs of others. A large number of the victims are still not able to cope up with life.

Anderson was never brought to book for his role in the tragedy, in spite of summonses and warrants issued by Indian courts several times. The only time he visited Bhopal after the tragedy, he was treated by then chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Arjun Singh as the most honoured guest (rather than an accused) and allowed by then Rajiv Gandhi government to fly out of the country.

In fact, such was the clout of Anderson that he virtually owned the government, as well as the judiciary, of India. The Prime Ministers and judges including Chief Justices of the Supreme Court behaved like his paid servants. The whole UCC episode in India marks a period of shame in this country. Perfidy of the Indian politicians, bureaucrats and judges may not be as much evident in any other case as in the case of Union Carbide disaster.

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1 Response to "Anderson, who had Indian PMs and CJIs at his disposal, dies at 92"

But he has given bread and butter to many (if not that many who are suffering), who for last 30 years have been constantly earning their living on Anderson/Union Carbide bashing. As you will witness in Bhopal during 30th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy for next one month. I am now more concerned about their living not about anderson’s death.

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