It was the night of 2nd December 1984, a world’s deadliest tragedy happened which killed nearly 20,000 people and left more than 2,00,000 injured. This happened in the Union carbide factory in Bhopal where chemicals and fertilizers were manufactured. About 5 lakh people in the city were affected from the leaked gas. The city had literally converted into grave land.
Till today deaths and deformities regularly occurs in 2nd and 3rd generation children (makes the indirect death toll to cross 25k mark)
The Union Carbide Corporation, apparently one of the first American companies to invest in India, possessed more than 50% shares in the UCIL. The reckless cost cutting measures of the Union carbide management and the ensuing breach of safety controls, the non compliance to standard operating procedures etc., purely to increase its operational profits, are all widely cited as the cause for this devastation.
What is Rajiv Gandhi’s role in Bhopal Gas tragedy?
Congress party has lent its contribution in almost all fields. So how can it go without contributing in the Bhopal gas tragedy? For the Indian National Congress, citizens’ life was cheap. This was rightly proved during the Sikh genocide. So after few weeks, the Bhopal gas tragedy happened and the lives of Indians didn’t matter to them.
Warren Anderson was the chairman of the US-based Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) but he escaped to US within hours of his arrest in Bhopal on December 7, 1984. He died on 29 Sept 2014 but the tragedy is an Indian Prime Minister helped him to escape from India even after thousands of Indians faced a brutal death.
Everyone knows that Rajiv Gandhi was directly involved in helping Anderson to escape from India. But the reason for Rajiv Gandhi helping him was unknown.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on August 2015 revealed how and why Rajiv Gandhi helped Anderson to escape from India.
Muhammad Yunus, India’s former ambassador to Spain and long time chairman of the Trade Fair Authority of India was very close to Gandhi family. He was even the relative of Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, who though a leader of Congress stayed in Pakistan after partition.
Yunus’s son Adil Shahryar was arrested in August 1981 by Miami state authorities on charge of attempting to set fire to his room at the Sheraton Beach Hotel. So now Yunus who knew all the secrets of Netaji Bose started to threaten Rajiv Gandhi to expose Nehru’s role if Adil Shahryar is not released from US.
So Rajiv Gandhi decides to set free Anderson without any trial just few hours after his arrest in exchange of Adil Shahryar. On June 11, 1985 Adil was granted clemency and it is said that Rajiv Gandhi was present in the US at the time of his release. Adil was given Presidential pardon by the US President Ronal Reagan.
Swaraj taunted Rahul Gandhi to ask his mother, “Mumma, Mumma, how my father released murderer of 15,000 people.”
Sushma Swaraj referred to then Madhya Pradesh chief minister late Arjun Singh’s autobiography in which he wrote about Rajiv Gandhi whispering in his ear to release Anderson and that what he was told will always remain secret and vanish with his death (Mere saath chita me bhasm ho jayega.) Sushma said the secret, however, fell out after six months.
Every Indian should this history of Congress. Thousands of Indians died but Rajiv was only bothered about his family’s dark secrets getting revealed.
Would any other Prime Minister help the culprit who killed his citizens? This was a shameful act in the history of India.