India's Asbestos Time Bomb

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Table of Contents

Ravindra Ganpat Mohite (pdf) 6
Mangabhai N. Patel (pdf) 7
Introduction Laurie Kazan-Allen (pdf) 8
The Political Context of India's Asbestos Debate  
The Indian Goverment's Complicity in the Asbestos Scandal Madhumita Dutta (pdf) 13
Smoke and Mirrors: Chrysotile Asbestos is Good for You—Illusion and Confusion but not Fact Dr. Richard Lemen (pdf) 16
Abuse of the Mass Media by the Indian Asbestos Industry Dr. Sanjay Chaturvedi (pdf) 21
Quantifying the Problem  
Health Hazards due to Asbestos Exposure in India Dr. Qamar Rahman (pdf) 23
Dumping Hazardous Waste in India: Toxic Ships Gopal Krishna (pdf) 26
Living with Asbestos: A Dangerous Existence Anup Srivastava and Vipul Pandya (pdf) 30
Views from the Asbestos Front Line P. Madhavan (pdf) 32
Potential Health Hazards of Asbestos-Cement Roofing for India's Poor Nick Clarke (pdf) 36
Asbestos Multinationals in India: The Experience of Turner & Newall Dr. Geoffrey Tweedale (pdf) 42
Gujarat: An Asbestos Hot Spot  
The Struggle against Asbestos-Related Diseases in Gujarat Jagdish Patel (pdf) 46
"Monitoring" Environmental Pollution and Asbestos Exposure in Gujarat Dr. Linda Waldman (pdf) 52
Diagnosis, Treatment and Compensation  
Asbestos-Related Disease in India Dr. Sudhakar R. Kamat (pdf) 55
Difficulties in the Diagnosis of Asbestosis in India Dr. V. Murlidhar (pdf) 56
The Struggle by Mumbai Workers for Compensation Dr. Rakhal Gaitonde and Madhumita Dutta (pdf) 59
And Finally…  
The Future Laurie Kazan-Allen (pdf) 65
  1. Asbestos-Related Diseases
  2. Production, Imports and Consumption of Asbestos in India, 1920-2006
  3. Consumption of Asbestos in India, 1960-2006
  4. National Asbestos Bans and Restrictions
  5. Useful Contacts
  6. Letter from Tata Memorial Hospital
References 68

India's Asbestos Time Bomb

India's Asbestos Time Bomb
Edited by David Allen and Laurie Kazan-Allen

For further information about this publication, please contact:
Laurie Kazan-Allen, Coordinator, IBAS
©IBAS—London, Septempber 2008

Published by:
The Internatinal Ban Asbestos Secretariat, UK
The Building and Woodworkers International, Switzerland
The International Metalworkers' Federation, Switzerland
Asia Monitor Resource Center
The Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational Accident Victims
Corporate Accountability Desk—The Other Media, India
Ban Asbestos Network of India
The Peoples Training and Research Centre, Baroda, India

Design: Eve Barker
Photographs: P. Madhavan, Hein du Plessis, Madhumita Dutta, Jagdish Patel, Nick Clarke, Gopal Krishna, Annie Thebaud-Mony
Cartoons and cover illustration: Mike Intaliaander
Printer: Justasec Printer Services Ltd. London NW9 6JL England
This publication is printed on ECF paper from sustainable forests

About IBAS
The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS) was established in 1999; it is an independent non-governmental organization which has two objectives: a worldwide ban on asbestos and justice for all asbestos victims, IBAS monitors, analyzes and disseminates news received from the ever-expanding network of individuals and groups involved in the international movement against asbestos, as well as information from legal, medical and industry sources. IBAS produces written material and organizes conferences to raise the profile of asbesos issues

The work of IBAS is coordinated by Laurie Kazan-Allen.