Satinath Sarangi

Indian human rights activist

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Satinath (Sathyu) Sarangi was born in Chakradharpur, Jharkhand, India, on 25 September 1954. Since 1984 he has lived in Bhopal. Sarangi has been involved with the multiple activities run by a network of local, national, and international groups, pursuing health and economic needs, fighting legal claims, providing medical support, and working to ensure remembrance of the Bhopal disaster of 1984. Sarangi is the founder of several activist organizations and is also the founder and manager of Sambhavna Trust.


Educational Qualification: Master of Technology (M Tech) (Metallurgical Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi.[1] He enrolled for Ph.D. in 1980 but dropped out in 1984.[2]

Activism before 1984

Sarangi's work as a campaigner started early as he became involved in various campaigns including indigenous people's struggle for self-determination in Bihar and the Society of Social Workers, students involved in organizing low-caste agricultural workers.[2]

Activism in Bhopal

Sarangi arrived in Bhopal the next day after the Bhopal disaster, when on the night of 2–3 December 1984 the gas was released. He immediately started exposing the issues of health care and defending the rights of the victims. Thus, he had to deal with the violence of the police and authorities. When other activists left Bhopal, he stood by. Being well-educated, he supported the victims, their organizations, and unions.[3]

In December 1984, he was one of the founders of Zahareeli Gas Kand Sangharsh Morcha (Poisonous Gas Episode Struggle Front), an organization of survivors of the Union Carbide in the Bhopal disaster. In 1986, he founded the Bhopal Group for Information and Action (BGIA). In 1989, he made a campaign tour to the US, UK, Ireland, and The Netherlands.[2]

He was a member of the organizing committee for the Bhopal session of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal on Industrial and Environmental Hazards and Human Rights in 1992, and the National Organizing Secretary for the International Medical Commission on Bhopal in 1994.[2]




Addressed public meetings, seminars and conferences in Czechoslovakia, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States of America, including at the following Universities: University of California, Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Stanford University, San Francisco, Columbia University, New York, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC, London School of Economics, London, University of Sussex, Brighton, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands and other places.[2]



  1. ^ a b " The Chronicle: Satinath Sarangi (B. Tech. Metallurgy 1978, M Tech 1980) honored with Man of the Year Award by the Week Magazine". Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e Biography of Sathyu Sarangi
  3. ^ Eckerman I. The Bhopal Saga - causes and consequences of the world's largest industrial disaster Universities Press (India) Private Ltd, Hyderabad 2005
  4. ^ a b c ITBHU Global 14 May 2011
  5. ^ International Regenerative Health Care Award Anti-National by All Indians.

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