Bhopal Survivors Draw Parallels to Coca-Cola Campaign
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
June 22, 2005

The following letter was sent to the Wall Street Journal in response to the article published in the Wall Street Journal on June 7, 2005 titled "How a Global Web of Activists Gives Coke Problems in India"- Editor

To: Wall Street Journal

Dear Editor,

Those of us who lived through the world's worst industrial disaster do not find it outlandish or misleading to compare Coke's potential legacy in India to that of Bhopal. Thousands of Indians have been affected by Coke's reckless pollution of the soil and groundwater, and so long as Coke refuses to accept responsibility for its pollution as Union Carbide has refused to in Bhopal thousands will suffer. Coke's devastating legacy in India is no small matter not only have thousands been poisoned, but Coke's practices have destroyed the basis upon which thousands of farmers subsist: access to water and fertile soil.

Coke's legacy in India resembles Bhopal not only in the sheer number of people affected, but also in the cold and calculating way the damage has been caused: through the double standards in public health precautions and factory construction in India versus the United States. In much the same way that Carbide allowed its safety standards to disintegrate in Bhopal, Coke has not followed its own standards in India. These harmful double standards denigrate the lives and suffering of the people of India, and that is inhumane, unjust, and immoral.

Rashida Bee & Champa Devi Shukla, Goldman Award winners
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

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