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An Obituary to Warren Anderson

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Disclaimer: This obituary has been prepared on a presumption that Warren Anderson who is now 90 is likely to die soon, much to the relief (and yes, I mean relief) of all the victims of the gas tragedy of 1984 in Bhopal. This obituary can then potentially appear as a one page premium obituary which has been posted by the Indian justice system in a newspaper circulated at New York. Any resemblance to the above mentioned character is completely intended.



Warren Anderson was the former Chairman and CEO of Union Carbide, a company which had virtually colonized India for the second time around in the 1980’s. Anderson was always a good sport, always playing the cat and mouse game with me. While he lived comfortably in his Long Island home, my caretakers had facilitated his present carefree state through a series of events ranging from him being released on bail to him never being extradited for the heinous crime that he had committed . He was a tough taskmaster, and always made sure he knew the right people in power. My caretakers and him were the best of friends and their friendship was based on the principle of mutual cooperation with many gifts being exchanged in between them. While my caretakers, have done a lot for my benefit, ranging from vehemently opposing the entry of foreign law firms in India to being engulfed by media pressure to bring to trial molestation cases nearly 20 years after its inception, it is people like wise old Warren who have made me realize time and again that power speaks and absolute power speaks absolutely. He was a man who lived by principles, and these principles were based on the premise that Indian lives come cheap. I am grateful to him for making me realize that corporate manslaughter can never actually exist in principle and more importantly in practice, especially if the country happens to be a third world country. Let us all take a moment to remember the heinousness and heavy headedness that this great man of a powerful land exhibited. As I now watch the media pointlessly covering him non stop, let me take this opportunity to thank him for his most hallowed contribution till date- the absolute liability principle.  

May his soul never rest in peace.

With the worst of Regards,

The Indian justice system and its principles of justice, equity and good conscience.



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