It was a chilly evening at the Gandhi statue on MG Road in Bangalore where about 200 Bangaloreans gathered together for in a candle light vigil as part of the Global Day for Action. Nine renowned artists, A.M. Prakash, Bhaskar Rao, S.G. Vasudev, Babu Eshwar Prasad, Milind Nayak, Rekha Rao, M.B. Patil, Ramesh & Balan Nambiar painted on a huge canvas erected at the venue, using the medium of art to express their solidarity with the survivors of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.
Bangaloreans join in solidarity with Bhopal on the 20th anniversary, painting a 10 meter canvas and hosting a candle light vigil
Folk singers and local groups, some of whom had travelled from
as far as Kolar and Doddaballapur to take part in the event, sang
songs of solidarity. Several NGO's, school and college students,
academicians, lawyers, film makers, women's groups and other
eminent citizens also spent part of their evening at the venue,
relighting candles which were getting put out by the breeze,
painting on canvasses, or standing quietly beside the whizzing
traffic holding their candles. Everyone could be seen wearing
yellow headbands that read "No More Bhopals".
attending the event included Women's voice, SICHREM, Action Aid,
CHC, Vimochana, Samvada, Dalit Action Federation,NESA, CED, ISI,
Vistar, CIEDS, PUCL, HIVOS. NCL, Books for Change, Fireflies,
Aashirwad, YMCA, FEDINA, Environmental Support Group, Partners in
Justice Concern, HHS, ALF and AIKYA.
3 Hour Sit in Dharna in Bangalore Demanding Justice for Bhopal
3 December 2004
Several concerned citizens and members of various civil society
groups gathered near the Gandhi statue on MG Road for a 3-hour sit
in dharna, in support of the survivors of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy of
1984. Participants sang songs of protest and inspiration. There
were short impassioned speeches on the spirit of the survivors of
Bhopal and the justice that has been long denied to them in Kannada
and Tamil. The gathering raised slogans for justice in Bhopal, and
urged the Government of India to take immediate measures to ensure
clean up of Bhopal to international standards and rehabilitation of
National Centre for Labour, Women's Voice, Amnesty, Global
Network, Students for Environment, KKNSS, SICHREM, Centre for
Workers Management, Karnataka State Construction workers Union,
Karnataka Charma Karimkara Sanghatana and Greenpeace India
participated in this event under the banner of International
Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.