How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

By Abuzar Wp

There is a homosexual person currently working as an Associate Head of Physics Department at Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT). Unfortunately, the genetic make-up of the sex chromosome turned out to be XX and that means the being is a female. Most important of all is she is a Parsi by belief system- a Zoroastrian, which means she is certainly a non-Muslim and all these reasons are enough for us to judge, damn and ridicule her.

 

CAMBRIDGE, MA-SEPTEMBER 20: MIT Quantum Astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala in an MIT lab, September 20, 2010 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/for MacArthur Foundation)
CAMBRIDGE, MA-SEPTEMBER 20: MIT Quantum Astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala in an MIT lab, September 20, 2010 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/for MacArthur Foundation)

I, intentionally casted aside her work in discovery of gravitational waves, because apparently that doesn’t matters to us.

Another story of the same kind eclipsed many other things back in time, when a young blogger for BBC, Malala, was shot in the head by Taliban. Thank heavens she wasn’t a homosexual!  However, as to no surprise she was considered an agent, especially since her belief system was against Islamic norms.  This is considered a complete no-no by our holier than thou fellow at home, Pakistan, therefore legitimizing for her not to be thought of as a Muslim.

Moreover, in not a very distant past, another fellow from the field of physics made it to the international fame by working on the grand-unification theory” and even won a Nobel Prize for it.  Unfortunately, because he was Ahmedi he was sanctioned to be an agent against Pakistan.  Therefore, giving enough reasons again to wave off his work as and say, “sorry we don’t need your work unless you are Muslim”.

Dr. Abdus Salam teaching.
Dr. Abdus Salam teaching.

These three were given a high repute in the world where personal beliefs and sexual orientation have nothing to do with their work and they achievements were lauded in the scientific or educational fields. And I think it is the way to go forward, but soon when I look around those at home, I find that what matters to us the most are actually beliefs and personal choices, which don’t actually remotely affects us.

Sorry we don’t need your work unless you are Muslim”.

Why are we so inquisitive of things that should not really matter us? Why are we so curious of the bed-room of Nergis Mavalvala? Why are we so bothered by Malala meeting an atheist or getting educated abroad? Why were we so obsessed to know what way Abdus Salam used to practice religious beliefs?

Her book I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World written by Neela Vaswani won the Grammy Award for Best Children’s album this year. Source: wikipedia
Her book I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World written by Neela Vaswani won the Grammy Award for Best Children’s album this year.
Source: wikipedia

I consider myself to be a human being and I am not capable of carrying out an edict for damnation for others. I do implore the same to other creatures of this region that allow God to do the work of sending human souls to hell or heaven. As it is God’s duty not ours and we can only make progress by promoting pluralistic values.

Having said that, on the other hand, why are we so inconsiderate of the accomplishments that are actually achieved while enduring a journey of the civilized world and count them as a noble cause?

There is something inherently wrong in our way to perceive things and unless until we don’t change the lens with which we look through, the globalization phenomena will run over our norms and obsolete the ways of embracing change.

How hapless can we get? When two of the renowned Nobel Prize winners are reprimanded endlessly at home and the third one Nergis Mavalvala has already driven a stake through her heart by publicly announcing her sexual preferences.

However, I am genuinely happy for her, because she can withstand the rubbish thrown at her. She will most probably put her hands along the team on Nobel Prize, and make a bang in the world with more discoveries.

 

Abuzar Wp is a Quetta-based student who believes that a tolerant and progressive society is a prosperous and inclusive society, he can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/abuzar.wp

  • Kamath

    Who is stealing my password.

  • Kamath

    See: The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO – See more at: http://www.space.com/32091-india-joins-ligo-gravitational-waves-hunt.html#sthash.E3squO2t.dpuf

    Hi all! Note that many scientists have been working on the topic of gravity waves as predicted by Einstein . For many decades. But all these years, there was no technology or statistical signal processing knowledge simply did not exist. Now it is afact. Nergis Mavalvala (NM) is one of the many, no doubt brilliant one.

    Scientists like Abdus Salam have visited India on lecture tours before and NM might visit too as India supposed to build a LIGO lab one in the next decade or so.

    NM is an avowed lesbian and it will be test of Pak leaders’ sincerity if she she is allowed to enter Pakistan even to visit the place of her birth for one last teary look .
    Now it is all tokenism on the part of Pak prime minister’s invitation to her to visit Pakistan!