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Bhopal and the Sodium Thiosulphate Controversy

Bhopal and the Sodium Thiosulphate Controversy THERE are extremely powerful fortes ringed against the use of Sodium Thiosulphate (NaTS) In Bhopal. There are at least about 90,000 gas victims who are still suffering from the effect of the gas exposure of December 3, 1984 and who need medical relief. The whole issue of medical relief through NaTS, messy as it was, took an ominous turn on June 25 when workers of voluntary groups, including doctors, were arrested in Bhopal by police for using NaTS. In the light of this development, D R Varma's views on use of NaTS in Bhopal (EPW, May 11) assume a special significance. On the face of it, D R Varma seems to extend his expert support to the powerful anti-NrfTS lobby in Bhopal. However, his views should not be mistaken to belong to the anti-people forces in Bhopal, for Varma's concern for the welfare of gas victims and his anger against UCIL and the medical establishment in Bhopal is unambiguous. It is, therefore, strange and surprising that Varma has not given deeper thought and consideration to his arguments than he has. He offers two arguments against NaTS.

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