Wednesday, March 12, 2008

December 3rd, 1984

Like a widow who hardly has time to mourn her spouse, so was India on the morning of December 3rd, 1984. Her children were dying in great numbers. Who ripped her children from her? The Bhopal disaster is said to have killed 3,000 people. That was the report according the Indian Court; however, it is thought that 15,000 people were killed in the first month alone. (refer to wikipedia: Bhopal Disaster)

I was nowhere near Bhopal or Madhya Pradesh the morning the tragedy occurred. In fact, when I awoke in New Delhi the morning of December 3rd 1984, I had no idea what had transpired. There was no television in my house. I didn't turn on the radio. The sun rose as it did every day. Morning sounds filled the air, there was nothing to alert me to the horrible disaster. I sat with my cup of tea, nibbling on my bread, totally unaware of lives being snuffed out. The telephone brought me the news.

"No...No...I had not heard...what? Please tell me what...."

"NO!! It cannot be!!"

I was being chided for not knowing. "How is it you didn't know?" my friend asked.

"I'm sorry."

Mother India wept the loss of her children on December 3rd 1984.


  1. I was born in 84. Too many things happened that year. Goosebumps again....

    1. yes, so many things happened that year- one of the best things was probably your birth ;)


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