Bhopal Disaster

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Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to industrial crises. However, industrial accidents such as Bhopal are not just an Indian or even a Third World problem but are industrial disasters waiting to happen , whether they are in the form of "mini-Bhopals".

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Bhopal Disaster CASE NUMBER: 233 CASE MNEMONIC: BHOPAL CASE NAME: Bhopal DisasterA. IDENTIFICATION1. THE ISSUEDeveloping countries are particularly vulnerable to industrialcrises. However, industrial accidents such as Bhopal are notjust an Indian or even a Third World problem but are industrialdisasters waiting to happen , whether they are in the form of"mini-Bhopals", smaller industrial accidents that occur withdisturbing frequency in chemical plants in both developed anddeveloping countries, and "slow-motion Bhopals", unseen chronicpoisoning from industrial pollution that causes irreversiblepain, suffering, and death (Weir, pp. xi-xii). These are the keyissues we face in a world where toxins are used and developedwithout fully knowing the harm that can come from their use orabuse.2. DESCRIPTIONDeveloping countries, such as India, are particularly vulnerableas they lack the infrastructure (e.g. communication, training,education etc.) required to maintain technology but arenevertheless, eager to set up and maintain industrial plants. Asa result, they compete globally to attract multinationalcompanies for their investment and capital, and in this process,often tend to ignore the safety and health violations that manyMNC's engage in. "Developing countries confer upon MNC's acompetitive advantage because they offer low-cost labor, accessto markets, and lower operating costs. Onc

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