Beloved, our people drink up the filthy water
Heroines and heroes take deep breaths of killing air
Our guts and lungs are filled with bitter chemistry,
Poison, pain and cancers we lock inside our bodies,
Accumulating toxic wealth, letting no one share it.
Law, progress, justice, these are the names of our diseases.
(Prem Nizar Hameed)
The legal proceedings that have followed the mass killings and environmental destruction, UCC (Union Carbide) and Warren Andersen’s status as absconders from justice, and the re-opening of the out-of-court settlement, are all clear indicators of illegality in the production and wake of the events of December 1984. In our earlier articles, we have demonstrated that, sociologically at least, we can re-cast these events as criminal. Moreover, the enduring harms to which Prem Nizar Hameed points, above, are indications that UCC, UCIL and Dow should all be objects of moral condemnation – while Dow’s efforts to ingratiate themselves with the international community as sponsors of the 2012 London Olympics must continue to be resisted.