Note: Dr Barry Castleman's observation below has relevance for India as well. Dr. Irving J. Selikoff (1915–1992) was a medical researcher who conclusively established a link between the inhalation of asbestos particles and lung-related ailments in the 1960s. His work is largely responsible for the ban on all kinds of asbestos in more than 70 countries. His worked paved the way for the WHO and ILO to recommend elimination of asbestos of all kinds to prevent incurable but preventable asbestos related diseases.
The first clinically recorded case of an asbestos-induced lung disease was recorded over 100 years ago, in 1906. Dr. Murray diagnosed a 33-year old man who had worked in an asbestos textile plant for 14 years with asbestosis. But so far risk estimates have not been put in place by Indian regulatory agencies despite Indian Supreme Court's decision of 27 January, 1995 and a paper by three scientists, Bill Nicholson, George Perkel and Irving Selikoff.
According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Washington database, 40,764 American workers died from asbestos-caused diseases in 2019 revealed in a publication by US based Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). India does not have a similar database. As per the website of Indian National Human Rights Commission some 50, 000 Indians are dying every year due to asbestos related diseases. This data was presented in a complant that has not been disputed so far. There is not a single public or private building in India which has claimed to be asbestos free. No central or state legislature building, courts, hospitals, schools, railway platforms and media houses are free of carcinogenic mineral fiber. India is yet to become free from this colonial legacy. British East India Company Government and it's successor governments have knowingly subjected several generation of Indians to these fatal fibers.
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