यहाँ आप पढ़ रहे हैं भोपाल गैस कांड के इतिहास का पहला ड्राफ्ट

Jansatta 4 December 1984

जहरीली गैस से ५०० का दम घुटा 

भोपाल में यूनियन कार्बाइड कारखाना ज्वालामुखी बना

नरेन्द्र कुमार सिंह

भोपाल, 3 दिसम्बर (जनसत्ता)

मध्यप्रदेश की राजधानी आज सुबह गैस चैम्बर बन गयी. निजी क्षेत्र के यूनियन कार्बाइड कारखाने से जहरीली गैस के रिसाव से ५०० लोगों का दम घुट गया. हजारों लोग गंभीर रूप से बीमार हो गए हैं.

मुख्यमंत्री अर्जुन सिंह ने शाम संवाददाताओं को बताया कि स्थानीय मेडिकल कॉलेज के मुर्दाघर में ३८० शव पहुंचाए गए हैं. रहत और बचाव कार्य तेजी से शुरू कर दिया गया है.

अस्पतालों में भारती सैकड़ों मरीजों की हालत नाजुक बताई गयी है. रात देर तक ट्रक और दूसरे वाहनों से लाशें मुर्दाघर पहुंचाई जा रही थी. मरने वालों की तादाद बढ़ने का अंदेशा है.

कारखाने से मिथाइल आइसोसाईनेट नामक अत्यंत जहरीली गैस का रिसाव कल आधी रात के लगभग शुरू हुआ. लेकिन कारखाने के सूत्रों का दावा है कि रिसाव १.४० बजे रोक दिया गया.

‘जनसत्ता’ प्रतिनिधि ने प्रभावित क्षेत्रों का दोपहर में दौरा किया. सड़क किनारे लाशों के ढेर पड़े थे और करुण चीख-पुकार मची हुई थी.

मरने वालों में ज्यादातर बच्चे थे जो सोते में दम घुटने से मरे. शाम तक लाशें घरों में पड़ी थीं.

छोला श्मशान घाट पर जलने के लिए इंतनी लाशें पहुंची कि वहां लकड़ियाँ ख़त्म गयी. दूसरे श्मशान घाटों पर भी यही हालत है. Continue reading “यहाँ आप पढ़ रहे हैं भोपाल गैस कांड के इतिहास का पहला ड्राफ्ट”

You are reading here the first rough draft of history

Front page banner headline of Indian Express, December 4, 1984

Poison gas claims 408 lives in Bhopal

Leak from pesticide plant affects 20,000

By N.K. SINGH

BHOPAL, Dec 3.

The capital city of Madhya Pradesh turned into a deadly gas chamber in the early hours of Monday.

 About 500 people, most of them children, were feared killed by a poisonous gas, which leaked from the local pesticide manufacturing plant of Union Carbide.

According to official sources, 408 bodies had already reached the morgue of the local Medical College Hospital. “This is not the final fi­gure,” sources said.

(According to PTI over 20,000 inhabitants, affected by the worst-ever environmental disaster in the country, were undergoing treatments in various hospitals here.)

As the rescue operation was progressing in the affected localities, many more bodies were being brought in by trucks and other vehicles. Several people took bodies directly to the cremation and burial grounds.

This correspondent, who undertook a tour of the affected localities on Monday morning, saw scores of bodies on the roadside and other public places. Hundreds of cattle also perished in the worst tragedy of Madhya Pradesh.

Several people died in sleep. Their bodies were still in their homes on Monday evening. Continue reading “You are reading here the first rough draft of history”

A Passage to Madhya Pradesh

MP @62

DB Post 1 Nov 18

NK SINGH

“Madhya Pradesh is a faceless state, without a personality of its own. When we mention MP, it does not create an image that one may recognise easily, an image that is ingrained in our collective memory. But when we mention Punjab or Gujarat or Bengal, it immediately conjures up visions of those states, images that symbolise those states.”

— Rajendra Mathur, 31 October 1965

Eminent journalist Rajendra Mathur wrote these lines nine years after the state of MP was formed in 1956. The new born state initially suffered from an identity crisis.

The problem was accentuated by squabbles among rival politicians and warring pressure groups from different regions amalgamated into the newly-formed state. They were all jockeying for more shares in the power structure.

MP was a geographical oddity when it came into existence. Its boundaries have undergone changes thrice, enough to bewilder both its inhabitants and administrators. Before Independence, it was a fragmented entity. Continue reading “A Passage to Madhya Pradesh”

A Tale of Two Cities

DB Post 22 Oct 2018

NK SINGH

“You cannot trust people whose cuisine is so bad,” said French president Jacques Chirac, in a public put-down of his British neighbours.

The remark could as well have come from an Indorean about the neighbouring town of Bhopal. On the other hand many Bhopalis think that Indore’s national food is sev, which they tend to mix with everything that they eat.

Most Indoreans think Bhopal is a town of Babus, which they have to visit out of necessity to grease the palms and get their paperwork done. No blue-blooded Indorean ever thinks of spending a night in Bhopal. Their work done, they head back home, even if it is past midnight.

Bhopalis think Indore is a town of moneybags. One prides itself for natural beauty and vibrant art and culture scene and the other flaunts its Mini Mumbai status. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Cities”