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Radiation Incident in Mayapuri: Disquieting Signals to Labour

The nuclear radiation in a scrap market in west Delhi's Mayapuri area, in April 2010, which led to the death of a worker and fatal injuries to many others is a shocking reminder of weaknesses in the system for tracking minor radioactive substances. Based on insights from Mayapuri, this commentary discusses the acute absence of occupational safety and health measures for workers in the informal sector, especially for those who work in extremely precarious and inhuman conditions.

The authors are grateful to Neetha N for constructive comments.

institutions and universities to prevent negligent handling of radio active material. In the meanwhile, one of the victims succumbed to the radiation injuries.Neglect of Labour Concerns The Mayapuri incident clearly exposes the Dark images of death attached to the chemical leakage of Bhopal and the nuclear tragedy of Chernobyl are still haunting our collective p syche, thanks to the ritually repeated v isual streams in an age of televised reality.

Dark images of death attached to the chemical leakage of Bhopal and the nuclear tragedy of Cher­ nobyl are still haunting our collective psyche, thanks to the ritually repeated visual streams in an age of televised reality

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