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India exports old age trouble

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Lawsuits from asbestos exposure in many countries is a big issue. People who have been exposed are able to sue manufacturers who knowingly sold products that could result in a deadly cancer called mesothelioma. The fact is that these companies, and the government, knew about the dangers of asbestos as far back as the 1920's.

Basically the whole world has agreed that asbestos is very bad and can result in lung cancer. India is the exception.

I found this bit of news interesting I found here:

"There is a political consensus in India to promote asbestos at any human cost" declares Gopal Krishna, after his country - joined by Canada, Russia and Pakistan - last month spiked the banning of crysotile asbestos under the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent.

Madhumitta Dutta points out that India based its refusal to join most of the rest of the world by claiming it has to await the result of a health study on asbestos impacts. However "India failed to inform the international community ...that the study was funded in part by the asbestos industry... Still worse, the study is kept under wraps and is not accessible to public health specialists or labour groups."

The fact is that there is a strong link between politicians and the asbestos industry. As a result, India is not acting like a responsible super power. Maybe soon they will reverse their decision, lawsuits will follow and the asbestos industry will die a slow death.

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