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AMRI: Boycott Emami and Shrachi

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

I am reposting the relevant paragraphs from my previous post:

Boycott the Emami group and its brands: Emami Baby Massage Oil, Boroplus Antiseptic Cream, Boroplus Prickly Heat Powder, Fair and Handsome, Hairlife, Himani Fast Relief, Malai Kesar Cold Cream, Mentho Plus, Navratna Cool Talc, Navratna Extra Thanda, Navratna Lite, Navratna Oil, Sonachandi Amritprash, Sonachandi Chyawanprash and also all Zandu products, as well as Starmark bookshops and the Emami/Landmark market in Lord Sinha Road.Say No to Emami products

The Shrachi group is mostly into real estate development and agricultural machinery, but it has a few restaurants which can be boycotted: Blue Hugli/News at the Hometown mall in Rajarhat New Town, Sarson in the South City mall, and Buzz Court at the Junction mall in Durgapur.

If you are willing to go a bit further, boycott the South City mall, which is a joint venture between these two groups (and some others) and the Junction mall, Durgapur, which is purely Shrachi.

It may not be possible to strictly boycott all of these for all time, but you may want to consider boycotting all of these for a month. And please copy the list of brands from above and paste to your blog and to facebook and ask your friends and family to boycott these brands. Thank you.

AMRI: Boycott the guilty

December 10, 2011 1 comment

Yesterday’s fire at the AMRI Dhakuria killed at least 90, of them 87 were patients. Many of them were probably under sedation, or so ill that they might not have been able to save themselves even if they knew what was happening. All the more reason for a hospital to make fire exits and have enough external openings for firemen to get in and out.

Many stories are heard about how the fire started, and how the hospital had violated regulations by turning a basement parking lot into a storage area where inflammable stuff was kept (diesel and motor oil for generators, rumors say). But that part is not the most important: would it have made a difference if the fire spread through legitimate, non-regulation-violating, objects in the hospital?

The real issue, and where the hospital authorities are guilty, is what happened after the fire started. The fire alarms did not work. Local slum-dwellers alerted the security guards to the fire, but the guards did not call the fire service. (Apparently some years ago, a guard had called the fire department during a smaller fire that was put under control by the guards themselves. That guard was nearly fired himself,  and was allowed to continue working after a stern warning. Probably because the hospital owners did not want the fire dept to know that fire safety regulations were being grossly violated!) When the fire engines arrived, they could not come close to the hospital because it was in a narrow lane, with only one entrance. The entire building was glass, essentially sealed,  so most people actually died of suffocation.

The hospital owners are guilty of ignoring many regulations to maximize their profit (and the doctors who work there also did not care about such things, even though many of them have trained abroad, where there are strict fire regulations). They have been arrested, and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who also holds the health portfolio, wants to see them punished.

But our courts are slow, and these people will stay in jail while their bail petitions are heard, and their bail petitions will go all the way up to the Supreme Court if necessary, and quite likely they will ultimately make bail and it will be several years before the courts will decide on their culpability. In the meanwhile, there is something we can do — we can boycott the owners.This will serve the additional purpose of providing them with less money for hiring the top lawyers.

Boycott the Emami group and its brands: Emami Baby Massage Oil, Boroplus Antiseptic Cream, Boroplus Prickly Heat Powder, Fair and Handsome, Hairlife, Himani Fast Relief, Malai Kesar Cold Cream, Mentho Plus, Navratna Cool Talc, Navratna Extra Thanda, Navratna Lite, Navratna Oil, Sonachandi Amritprash, Sonachandi Chyawanprash and these day, all Zandu products, as well as Starmark bookshops and the Emami/Landmark market in Lord Sinha Road.

The Shrachi group is mostly into real estate development and agricultural machinery, but it has a few restaurants which can be boycotted: Blue Hugli/News at the Hometown mall in Rajarhat New Town, Sarson in the South City mall, and Buzz Court at the Junction mall in Durgapur.

If you are willing to go a bit further, boycott the South City mall, which is a joint venture between these two groups (and some others) and the Junction mall, Durgapur, which is purely Shrachi.

It may not be possible to strictly boycott all of these for all time, but you may want to consider boycotting all of these for a month. And please copy the list of brands from above and paste to your blog and to facebook and ask your friends and family to boycott these brands. Thank you.

Bhopal : boycott the guilty!

June 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Now that all the culprits in the Bhopal gas tragedy have been found guilty and sentenced to the maximum permissible TWO years in jail — suspended while they are out on a bail of Rs. 25000 each, everyone seems to be busy blaming someone or another, for the triviality of the sentence, for the failure to bring a conviction under steeper charges, for not having stronger laws, for not arranging for bigger compensations, and everything else.

Reading all that, I had a few thoughts of my own. One of them is that it is not a good idea to have a separate law for each and every situation, so we should try to make the best use of whatever laws we have, rather than make up new ones to fit a future Bhopal. Secondly, it is a good idea to have laws which can err in favour of the accused, because it is better to let the guilty walk free than to punish the innocent. Nor is it a good idea to increase the severity of punishment under each and every law whenever someone appears to walk away with no more than a rap on the wrist, because then in most cases people will end up getting punished far beyond what they deserve. While the guilty in the original case get to keep the sentence they originally received.

But this is a democracy, and we the people have some say, at least in some things. I do not favour using that say to overturn existing laws and make new ones at the drop of a hat, as I said above, but there are other things that we can do. We can identify the real culprits — not that it would bring back the dead or cure the blind and the maimed — but we can figure out who should have paid a proper compensation for the lives their greed and negligence ruined. As a first approximation, these are Union Carbide, Dow Chemicals (who now own Union Carbide), Mahindra & Mahindra (whose then owner Keshub Mahindra was also the CEO — or do I mean Indian owner? — of Union Carbide India), and possibly Eveready and Exide, which brands were owned by UC, or they owned UC afterwards, in some convenient book-swapping process.

Anyway, some digging should bring out which are the companies who should have paid compensation to those affected by Bhopal. And also to what extent each owned the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal. Then can we boycott these companies? It need not be done overnight, it is not necessary to start by making a complete list of things to be boycotted, but we can start from any brand owned by Dow or  Mahindra.

I would also like to see a law that any company, which abrogates its responsibility in situations similar to (but hopefully on a smaller scale in future) Bhopal’s, will also lose any right to its intellectual property in this country. This could be linked with how quickly compensation is disbursed, and how much. I have a feeling that such a law will achieve much more, and more quickly, than any reworking of present laws to increase the quantum of punishment.