The gas leak tragedy in Bhopal, India (December 1984) was the greatest man-made disaster–outside war–in the history of mankind. Altogether 2,500 people lost their lives, and thousands more have been permanently blinded or maimed.
Investigations that have followed the disaster have shown that safety precautions at the Union Carbide Plant in Bhopal were far inferior to those at similar plants in the United States. In India there are fewer inspectors to review the health and safety situation in factories. Laws controlling industrial safety are more lax, or less stringently enforced. This means that multinational companies like Union Carbide are able to operate with relative freedom in the third world countries such as India.
As Alex Brummer of The Guardian writes: “As western multinational companies have spread their wings and invested in the third world, the iron rule of health and safety legislation and environmental laws is often left at home.” (The Guardian Weekly, December 16, 1984).
There are no divisions in the world of God; it is only in the world of man that ‘third worlds’ have been concocted where first-rate standards do not apply.