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‘You can fool one person one time, but you cannot fool all the people, all the time.’ So goes a famous saying. DOW chemicals learnt that in a hard way.

DOW chemicals, a global  chemical giant was planning to set up a ‘research and development’ centre at Chakan, Pune on 100 acres of land. Right, that is quite a small research centre! To refresh memory, remember the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal? Well, that company was acquired by DOW, and it is yet to take responsibility for what happened.

Coming back to the ‘Research and Development’ centre, when villagers around the area protested, the company stepped up its Public Relations campaign with catchy phrases including being ‘Environment-friendly’ and ‘creating jobs’. A ‘Right to Information’ filed by ‘Intelligent Pune’, revealed the hidden motives of the company, prompting protests by villagers on a large scale. They blocked roads, organised meetings to create awareness, and tirelessly fought for their rights. Really happy to report that DOW is out of Chakan.

“Dow Chemicals strongly denies all accusations made by the protesters, saying that “it regrets that a project that could put this region on the technologies map of India should run into this kind of problem”. It also warns it could have a severe impact on the region’s economy, as the factory would have created 300 jobs. ”

Read more about this at http://www.radionetherlands.nl/currentaffairs/region/southasia/090202-Dow-India

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