Guardian: India fury over US ‘double standards’ on BP and Bhopal

Two newspapers in India ran headlines last week repeating the charge that the US reaction to the Gulf Coast disaster, which has killed 11 people, and to Bhopal, where at least 15,000 died as a result of exposure to toxic gases leaking from a US-owned pesticide plant, was evidence of double standards.

Indians have reacted with fury to President Barack Obama’s tough stance against BP, accusing the US of double standards over industrial accidents after the failure to convict Americans involved in the Bhopal disaster of 1984 or to obtain what many view as adequate compensation for victims.

“It looks like Indian children’s lives are cheaper than [those of] fish,” Chetan Bhagat, the country’s best-selling writer, said. “Obama should bang his fist on the table. If he can do that for fish, how about our kids? Or are they only Indians?”

READ THIS STORY AT GUARDIAN.CO.UK

Two newspapers in India ran headlines last week repeating the charge that the US reaction to the Gulf Coast disaster, which has killed 11 people, and to Bhopal, where at least 15,000 died as a result of exposure to toxic gases leaking from a US-owned pesticide plant, was evidence of double standards.

Indians have reacted with fury to President Barack Obama’s tough stance against BP, accusing the US of double standards over industrial accidents after the failure to convict Americans involved in the Bhopal disaster of 1984 or to obtain what many view as adequate compensation for victims.

“It looks like Indian children’s lives are cheaper than [those of] fish,” Chetan Bhagat, the country’s best-selling writer, said. “Obama should bang his fist on the table. If he can do that for fish, how about our kids? Or are they only Indians?”

READ THIS STORY AT GUARDIAN.CO.UK

Niamh Marnell

Niamh Marnell

Niamh Marnell earned a master's degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago where she examined organizations and power from the perspective of political science and sociology. You can follow her at http://twitter.com/NiamhMarnell.

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