Ramesh G Jethwani is a prolific "Letters to Editor writer/columnist, who over the decades has written over a thousand "Letters to editor" and few columns, which have been widely published in leading newspapers in India and in GCC(Gulf countries),These letters to editor/ Columns are a testimony to the power of his ideas,his letters and columns short and precious --have served a very useful purpose in drawing the attention of authorities about important issues concerning society and the governmnet. His father always emphasized the importance of public service Read more

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Bhopal gas tragedy verdict

The Financial Express - June 12, 2010.Financial express-L.E.

Bhopal gas tragedy verdict shows how the acts of some corporations go unpunished in India. Unless the judiciary comes down heavily on the erring firms and impose heavy damages, things will not change. The government should also take steps to lessen the the plight of .... Read More

Bhopal gas tragedy verdict
The Financial Express - June 12, 2010.Financial express-L.E.

Bhopal gas tragedy verdict shows how the acts of some corporations go unpunished in India. Unless the judiciary comes down heavily on the erring firms and impose heavy damages, things will not change.

The government should also take steps to lessen the the plight of the underprivileged who have survived Bhopal tragedy and are now living a pathetic life with serious medical conditions. Their meager compensation should be increased to a reasonable amount.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Bhopal gas Tragedy--Is it justice?

10 June 2010-KhaleejTimes--LE

Verdict on Bhopal gas tragedy shows that the mighty always get away with lesser sentence due to support of leading legal luminaries, weak prosecution and delay in judicial process which has come after 26 years of world’s deadliest industrial disaster in history... Read More

Bhopal gas Tragedy--Is it justice?
10 June 2010-KhaleejTimes--LE

Verdict on Bhopal gas tragedy shows that the mighty always get away with lesser sentence due to support of leading legal luminaries, weak prosecution and delay in judicial process which has come after 26 years of world’s deadliest industrial disaster in history.

The truth is that successive governments, social activists and media have done very little to lessen the plight of these under privileged souls.

The government should take steps to increase the measly compensation and provide better medical facilities for the survivors. It should also ensure that in future, such victims are adequately compensated.

India’s Law Minister Veerappa Moily has rightly said such cases should be tried in fast track courts and unless the Indian judiciary comes down strongly and imposes heavy damages in millions like in Western countries, things will not change. This is the only way to show that wrong things will not go unpunished.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

SAD COMMENTARY

Deccan Chronicle-10 June 2010-L.E.

The Bhopal gas tragedy verdict is a sad commentary on how our own government capitulates to MNCs and remains a mute and meek spectator even when its own people suffer and die. Now everyone is talking about the "outrageous" verdict and the "soft" sentence, but what about... Read More

SAD COMMENTARY
Deccan Chronicle-10 June 2010-L.E.

The Bhopal gas tragedy verdict is a sad commentary on how our own government capitulates to MNCs and remains a mute and meek spectator even when its own people suffer and die.

Now everyone is talking about the "outrageous" verdict and the "soft" sentence, but what about the then Madhya Pradesh government that ignored several warnings about the flawed safety apparatus that actually resulted in the leak at the Union Carbide plant and killed countless people.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Justice for Bhopal

Khaleej Times--3rd Sep 2010-L.E.

I refer to the story, “India’s Supreme court reviews Bhopal Sentence” (KT, Aug 31). It is very rare for the Supreme Court of India to reviews its verdicts after issuing an earlier judgement. By accepting the curative petition of the Bhopal victims for hearing, the ... Read More

Justice for Bhopal
Khaleej Times--3rd Sep 2010-L.E.

I refer to the story, “India’s Supreme court reviews Bhopal Sentence” (KT, Aug 31). It is very rare for the Supreme Court of India to reviews its verdicts after issuing an earlier judgement. By accepting the curative petition of the Bhopal victims for hearing, the court must have seen serious gravity of offence in the petition submitted by the Central Board of Investigation for reviewing its against 1996 judgement which diluted the offences against Union Carbide from culpable homicide not amounting to murder to causing death by negligence.

This was the worst industrial disaster in the world. In fact, this is a classical example that multinational companies are allowed to make money in India and in case of any accident will get away with meager compensation even if thousands of lives are lost.

Recent example is BP which has to pay heavy damages in billions towards compensation. To generate compensation money BP has to sell some of its equity.

Hence unless the judiciary comes down heavily and imposes heavy damages in millions, things will not change. This is the only way to show that wrong things will not go unpunished in India.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Investors are answerable (Bhopal Gas Tragedy)-Investors are answerable)

The Pioneer-14 June 2010-L.E

Bhopal gas tragedy verdict is a grim reminder of the fact that multinational companies are free to do business in India and, in case of an accident, easily dodge accountability by paying a meager compensation not matching the magnitude of the disaster. I agree with ... Read More

Investors are answerable (Bhopal Gas Tragedy)-Investors are answerable)
The Pioneer-14 June 2010-L.E

Bhopal gas tragedy verdict is a grim reminder of the fact that multinational companies are free to do business in India and, in case of an accident, easily dodge accountability by paying a meager compensation not matching the magnitude of the disaster. I agree with Mr KTS Tulsi, an eminent lawyer, who said that unless the judiciary comes down hard on culprits and ensures appropriate compensation, global investors will never take the laws in India seriously.

The truth is that no Government body heeded the concerns raised by a Bhopal-based journalist who was constantly writing about safety lapses at the Union Carbide India Ltd plant. This nonchalance actually led to the world’s worst mass murder after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

It is time for the Government to help the tragedy survivors who are living with serious medical problems. An appropriate compensation will be a good step in that direction.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Costly lapse

The Telegraph-September 21 , 2015 L.E.

Bhopal gas tragedy verdict is a grim reminder of the fact that multinational companies are free to do business in India and, in case of an accident, easily dodge accountability by paying a meager compensation not matching the magnitude of the disaster. I agree with ... Read More

Costly lapse
The Telegraph-September 21 , 2015 L.E.

Sir - The blasts that took place at Petlawad town in Madhya Pradesh Jhabua district have cost more than 100 lives. Explosives were illegally stockpiled in a seed and fertilizer shop located in a busy neighborhood ("Explosives lapse", Sept 14). The tragedy in Jhabua underscores the need to rein in the unlicensed trade in explosives. Law-enforcing agencies have failed to stop the rampant smuggling of explosives,which are mostly used to flatten hillocks and to carry out agricultural activities in the rocky terrain of Madhya Pradesh.

However, it is possible that they could land up in the hands of anti-social elements like the Naxalites and the terrorists. How the police allowed such a large stockpiling of illegal explosives to take place remains a mystery.

The government should take a lesson from the blast and take preventive steps to stop the smuggling in explosives.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.
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