London Olympics - sponsorship of Dow Chemicals - a grave insult to India and environment - need of India’s strong reaction.

Issues: Environment, Human Rights, International, Law & Order, Politics

Region: Tamil Nadu, Other States

Category: Articles, Feedback, Letters, Headlines, Vaiko Answers

Date: 
Mon, 30/01/2012

 

 

 

 

30 January 2012

Dear Manmohan Singh ji,

Vanakkam.

                          Sub: London Olympics - sponsorship of Dow Chemicals - a grave insult to
                                   India and environment - need of India’s strong reaction.

I draw your immediate attention to the serious matter of sponsorship of the London Olympics for Dow Chemicals, of which Union Carbide is100 % subsidiary that is wholly responsible for the 1984 Bhopal Gas disaster and terrific tragedy, in which thousands lost their lives.

I have already sent a letter regarding this to you on 7th December 2011, requesting the Government of India to take up the matter with the International Olympic Committee and the UK Government.

The Union Carbide, an US multinational company arrogantly refused to oblige the directives of Indian Courts and never cared to appear in our courts. The Dow Chemicals has totally taken over the management of Union Carbide.

The environmentalists and the Amnesty International expressed their shock about the sponsorship of London Olympics given to Dow Chemicals for fabric wrap for the Olympic Stadium in East London for 7 million pounds and also  a sponsorship arrangement with the company for ten more years by the International Olympic Committee estimated to be worth atleast 100 million pounds.

The Dow Company carries the responsibility for the Bhopal gas tragedy. That is why, Madam Meredidh Alexander, a leading environmentalist, resigned from Olympic Games Ethics Committee, protesting against the sponsorship of Dow Chemicals Company.

The terribly affected families of Bhopal have not been given due compensation. Even now, hundreds of thousands of people are suffering from the ill-effects of the Bhopal gas disaster. It has affected the newly born children with serious deformities.

There are previous instances where countries have boycotted the Olympic Games on ethical grounds.  African countries boycotted the Montreal Olympics in 1976; Western countries boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980; likewise, the  Soviet led 14 countries boycotted the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

The environmentalists and human right activists all over the world are closely watching the attitude of the Indian Government in this context.

To save the honour of Indian democracy and respect the sad sentiments of the affected people of Bhopal, Government of India should send a strong worded message to the International Olympic Committee, organisers of London
Olympics to cancel the sponsorship given to Dow Chemicals with an ultimatum that India would boycot the London Olympics.

If the organisers of the London Olympics do not cancel the Dow Chemicals Contract, India should boycot the London Olympics.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

      (Vaiko)
 

Hon’ble Dr. Manmohan Singh,
Prime Minister,
Government of India,
South Block,
New Delhi - 110 001

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