Lethal Gas Kills Thousands in Bhopal, India (Great Events from History II: Human Rights Series)
Article abstract: The release of lethal gas in Bhopal affected thousands Indians and raised moot questions about the production of toxic chemicals in developing countries.
Summary of Event
In economic terms. India is a country of contrasts. By the end of the twentieth century it had become one of the world’s largest industrial powers It had a large corps of well-trained scientists and engineers working in a variety of technologically advanced enterprises. India sold its electronic goods, including stereos and, more recently, computers, in Southeast Asia. it exported automobiles and railroad cars to East Africa. At the same time, it remained primarily an agrarian country. Eighty-five percent of India’s nearly one billion people still lived in villages and were directly engaged in the production of food.
India’s agricultural economy experienced rapid development during the “Green Revolution” of the 1960’s. This involved the introduction of new breeds of rice and wheat that were more productive and more resistant to drought and certain types of plant diseases than were the old varieties. Chemical fertilizers increased the yield of both food and cash crops. In addition, pesticides were used to reduce loss to insects. India became self-sufficient in terms of food production and even exported grain.
The combination of centrally planned technological development and the desire to maintain...
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