Saturday, April 4, 2009

Uranium plagues Faridkot kids

Faridkot: Big heads, bulging eyes, twisted hands that don't reach their mouths and gnarled legs that can barely support their frail frames. Intrigued by the strange abnormalities among children in a pocket of Faridkot, a visiting South African toxicologist, Dr. Carin Smit, had their hair samples sent to a German Lab. The results, which have just come in, are shocking: the deformities were caused by alarmingly high levels of uranium.

I was shocked reading this article in Times of India

The photograph of the child, with the deformity is published in the paper, which is not in the link, is very depressing.

This news came on 2nd April '9. The TOI reports further in their 3rd April '09 edition also.

No one is able to find out the reason. I saw in NDTV news, sometimes back - the vegetable vendors dipping ladies finger and beans in green coloured water in a Delhi market. In Bihar, I think, milk vendors adding some chemical to 5 litres of milk and 20 ltrs. of water (something like that) and selling it as milk. Here, in Chennai, mangoes and lots of other fruits are plucked raw and while packing them in the boxes, they keep some chemical tied in a paper under the fruits. The fruits look ripe, when they reach the market. I have stopped buying mangoes and bananas, because our tongues get ulcers as soon as we eat them. This news came in Sun TV so many times, still this practice is going on.

More than our generation, I am worried about the next generation ...they are growing up, eating these poisons. Where are we heading to, destruction of human kind?

11 comments :

Varunavi said...

Food adulteration is very common in india.There are many laws to stop this practice.
Today i was washing toor dal the water i got was yellow colour and green moong dal the water i got was green colour.There are many rules in UAE,still adulteration is done here.

Sandhya said...

Varunavi, sometimes I am so worried, looking at the rate of poison, we eat everyday. Even lemon boxes come to the market with the chemical (carbon, they say). Chikku, papaya...etc.too, I was told by the subziwala.

Smitha said...

So shocking, isn't it.. Wonder if all this will ever change..

Sandhya said...

smitha: We have to live with it and with all the side effects of these things.

R. Ramesh said...

ya indeed a shocking report..i remember a close friend shivkumar of indian express chennai wrote a similar report abt a similar scene in chennai..dunno..worried like others..best wishes sandhya...to u and fmly..

Sandhya said...

Thank you, Ramesh. When I go to the market, I think twice before buying greens which are full of white dots (pesticides), guava which looks beautiful, evenly gold in colour....a fruitwala told me to buy only musambi, to be safe! Last year I burnt my tongue and lips after eating mango without pealing the skin! Went to the doctor and took medicine for one week. This, after soaking it in water for one hour.

Shilpa said...

I agree with you.
We are consuming chemicals on a daily basis.

Sandhya said...

shilpa: I missed you ...was checking your blog often. Good, you are back. Yes, we are eating poison every day and are immuned to it also, I think! The side effects will be visible later in our life when we are weak to bear the pain.

R. Ramesh said...

rombo nanri my friend 4 yr comment...do stay connected..

ApocalypsE said...

Where is this all leading too?

Making money is worth putting other peoples lives at risk?...

Sandhya said...

apocalypse: They are not only putting other's lives at risk, but their own childrens' future. They too consume the same vegetables and fruits.

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