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Research on Bhopal

In the context of the recent Supreme Court directive on medical research on Bhopal, it is critically important to examine the history of research efforts, their quality, their coherent purpose and accountability. nless we learn from the past the Court's directives will just spur more half-hearted, short-sighted and unaccountable research.

We would like to thank Ravi Narayan for his constructive inputs.

This is with reference to the article “The Bhopal Disaster and Medical Research” by C Sathyamala and N D Jayaprakash (EPW, 8 December 2012). In the article, the authors discuss the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) research efforts following the Bhopal tragedy. It placed these in the context of various political decisions that were taken following the tragedy, as well as the ethical imperatives of research in the context of human tragedy and the recent Supreme Court order on resuming research at Bhopal. In the context of this Supreme Court directive, it will be important to examine the history of research efforts in Bhopal in the light of what has been done so far, the quality of these efforts, their coherent purpose and accountability. This is absolutely critical, failing which we fear that the Supreme Court directives will just spur more half-hearted, short-sighted and unaccountable research efforts.

 

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