The timing of the decision by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance to reconstitute the group of ministers (GoM) on the Bhopal gas tragedy is curious.
It comes within two days of a Bhopal court’s guilty verdict against seven individuals for criminal misdemeanours and against the backdrop of a groundswell of criticism against the weak punishments.
Embarrassing revelations about how the then Congress government botched investigations have only added to the bad press and provided space for the Opposition to politically exploit the situation.
In this context, the GoM is but a defensive response from a government seeking to limit political damage and unlikely to steer a new course of justice for the gas victims. If so, it would be the unravelling of another tragedy, 26 years after 3,000 people died.