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Elizabeth DeLoughrey and George B. Handley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195394429

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195394429.001.0001

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“Tomorrow There Will Be More of Us”

“Tomorrow There Will Be More of Us”

Toxic Postcoloniality in Animal’s People

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(p.216) 10 “Tomorrow There Will Be More of Us”
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Postcolonial Ecologies
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Pablo Mukherjee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195394429.003.0011

This chapter offers a reading of Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People, a novel that tests the human/animal divide and the disastrous effects of the Union Carbide Corporation’s 1984 gas leak in Bhopal. The novel represents one of the children poisoned and disabled by the gas leak as a self-professed “Animal,” and calls into question the uneven distribution of universal human rights in the global south and “the spatial politics of environmental toxicity.” The chapter highlights the lack of medical, legal, and financial compensation and treatment for the hundreds of thousands of Bhopalis who were poisoned by the leak. It also explores ideas about communality, relationality, and universality as well as the role of postcoloniality in Union Carbide’s creation of environmental toxicity with impunity.

Keywords:   gas leak, Indra Sinha, Animal’s People, Union Carbide Corporation, Bhopal, human rights, politics, environmental toxicity, communality, universality

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