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A Breath of Fresh Air

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On the night of December 3, 1984, Anjali waits for her army officer husband to pick her up at the train station in Bhopal, India. In a...
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In A Breath of Fresh Air, Anjali has a successful life with a job and a husband. In her past, however, she has buried her old life with her first husband and tragic accident which both come back to haunt her after many years. Anjali was in an arranged marriage to Prakash, an army officer. When she was young, it was the perfect marriage and in her naivety was very excited for the glamorous life of an army officer’s wife. The marriage, however, was not what she expected. The two were cold, and almost never talked to each other. On December 3, 1984, the air in Bhopal was poisoned with gas while Prakash was away. He did not send for Anjali even though she had survived. After finding out Prakash was cheating on her, Anjali divorced him and was cut off from her family in the process for dishonoring them. Years later, and with them help from some mutual friends, Anjali met Sandeep at the university. Their love flourished and they got married. Anjali was truly happy that she married someone that she fell in love with, as opposed to an arranged marriage. They had a child born very ill, a result of the Bhopal gas tragedy. Sandeep is a professor at the university and Anjali got a teaching job to bring in extra money for their son’s care. When Prakash and his new wife come into town, things in their marriage get bumpy. The anger Anjali has toward him builds up, while Sandeep hides his. They must relive their guilt and anger toward each other by letting go of their past and helping each other in the present. Anjali has many trials in her life, the biggest of which being her son’s death. She let go of her past in order to live her life for others.

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Bhopal Victim

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This photo is a result of the Bhopal gas tragedy. Many people died a painful death due to inhalation of poisonous gas leaked from a factory that was producing pesticides. Some side affects include blindness and asthma for those that survived. Anjali from, A Breath of Fresh Air, had many respiratory problems and her reproductive system was affected, resulting in birth defects for her son. 

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One Night In Bhopal

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The Bhopal disaster (also referred to as the Bhopal gas tragedy) is the world's worst industrial catastrophe. It occurred on the night of December 2-3, 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited...
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This documentary is the story of the most dangerous industrial accident in history. “An American dream that turned into an Indian nightmare” that ended up injuring 200,00 people and killing thousands more. The company Union Carbide wanted to create pesticides in order to feed the millions of hungry people in the world. Many people were excited about the “modern” factories that were going to produce pesticides. The people of Bhopal were stricken with poverty, and the factory promised progress and paid the best wages in town. The main ingredient in pesticides, MIC, is a very dangerous chemical that becomes fatal if inhaled. The original factory was state of the art, but after many budget cuts and untrained safety personnel, the condition of the factory fell. The end of this documentary asks if the affected parties are going to go to the Union Carbide Company to take responsibility. There were large groups of survivors that formed together to get what they deserved. Families with deceased loved ones, affected children, and survivors with developing respiratory problems seeked financial compensation from them.

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Indira Gandhi National Foundation - Home

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Indira Gandhi national foundation,work for the welfare of the state in unanimity,weaker section of women, search for knowledge and being innovative,various segments mainly the weaker sections
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The Indira Gandhi foundation was founded in 1998 in honor of the late Prime Minister of India. Indira Gandhi was the third Prime Minister of India and a central figure of the Indian National Congress party. After being assasinated in 1984, anti-Sikh riots broke out between Sikhs and Hindus. This foundation names their idol as Indira Gandhi, and strives to follow her dreams and visions to better India with all ventures being taken up in accordance with the ideals of Indira. The foundation has developed training programs to support women's development, promotes skill training, and uses innovative methods to ensure the converage of existing systems to be self relient. They improve voluntary social service to "prepare young men and women volunteers to act as leaders for the promotion of the society and to play a creative role to ensure freedom of expression, respect for human rights, acceptance of civil responsibilities, pluralism, and mutual understanding." They work to establish training centers to generate employment, libraries and study classes for the uneducated, and literacy for the illiterate, among many other things.

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Student Resources in Context - Document

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This article from Gale Student Resources in Context tells some history about the Sikh people and their religious beliefs. Some important Sikh people from history are Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the Sikh leader of the Golden Temple insurrection of 1984, and Jagmal Singh Chauhan, the creator of the idea of Khalistan. The Sikhs are a small religious group in India and scattered throughout the world. They are in favor of social equality and a mystical devotion to a single deity as opposed to the Hindu caste system. Oppression by opposing religious governments has led to a firm militant identity for the Sikhs. At one time, Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs coexisted peacefully until they were driven apart by the British colonization of India. The common Hindu claim that the Sikhs were but a caste or sect of Hinduism particularly offended many in the Sikh community. In fact, there are ideas that the Sikhs should form an entirely independent nation.

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Map of India

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This map of India includes key cities highlighted in the book, Hyderabad and Bhopal. Although both of these cities and many others in the country are lower middle class or poverty stricken, India has a lot to offer culturally. Even in under developed areas there are many traditional markets, and people with colorful traditional clothing. 

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Bombay Time

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At the wedding of a young man from a middle-class apartment building in Bombay, the men and women of this unique community gather togethe...
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This book exemplies Inidan weddings just like we see in A Breath of Fresh Air. Both allow the reader an insight to Indian homes, and the common humanity we see beind closed doors. This book interested me because there are issues such as gossip and betrayal from a different culture, which I find interesting to compare to my own. 

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Student Resources in Context - Document

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This article from Gale Student Resources in Context, describes the Bhopal case and the tragedy that occurred in Bhopal, India in December of 1984. Approximately forty metric tons of methyl isocyanate leaked from a pesticide plant, killing 3,000 and causing thousands of more injuries. This gas reacts violently with water and according to this article “…is highly toxic to humans and short-term exposure can cause respiratory diseases, and can seriously affect reproduction.” For several years before the accident, the company (Union Carbide Corporation) had been losing money due to low demand for pesticides in India. Due to this, the corporation shut down important safety precautions and lowered incentive to promote environmental quality because a developing country, like India, often cannot support advanced technologies. Maintenance, staff training, and safety standards were well below where they should have been, and when a large quantity of water entered a gas tank by accident, a leak was caused.

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The Bhopal Medical Appeal :: Funding free clinics for Bhopal survivors

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Funding free clinics for Bhopal survivors
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The Bhopal Medical Appeal is an organization working to help the victims and future generations of victims of the worst industrial disaster the world has ever seen. Within a year, the BMA found a building, trained staff, and recruited doctors in order to open their first clinic, named Sambhavna, in 1996. In addition to growing their own medicine, this clinic carries out research, educates people, and has treated over 43,000 victims of the gas tragedy. They have won numerous humanitarian awards as a result of this. The Bhopal Medical Appeal stays true to their beliefs by not accepting money from big business corporations because, “Companies and governments are directly responsible for the suffering of the Bhopal survivors”. “In the Bhopal Medical Appeal “we” don’t ask “you” to help “us” help “them”.” In fact, over 50% of the Sambhavna staff are survivors themselves. The BMA is a shared effort of volunteered time, effort, skill, and enthusiasm working together for a common goal.

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Student Resources in Context - Document

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This article is a modern interpretation of the Indian arranged marriage. Vibha was a Hindu girl at the University of Florida when she agreed to her parent’s wishes of an arranged marriage. Her mother did not think that there “were any good Indian boys in America. They are all too westernized.” So she set out on a trip to India so find the man for her daughter. Vibha, however, is a very independent and educated woman, something not often found in India. She agreed to the arranged marriage as long as she had the power to veto her mother’s choice. Vibha believed that the arranged marriage was her “duty”. After searching high and low in India, her mother gave up and decided to look in America. She put together a resume of her daughter, listing her best attributes, accomplishments, and the qualifications that were necessary for her future husband. This was posted to Punjabimatrimony.com and they waited. There were many replies, yet there seemed to something wrong with almost all of the potential suitors. All in all, this modern day arranged marriage took multiple years, hard work, and many awkward encounters in order to be successful.

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