As President Calvin Coolidge said,
“A nation that forgets its heroes will itself soon be forgotten.”
From 1959 onwards, Salam, Glasgow and Weinberg have been working mathematically to prove this theorem. Salam was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1979 for his part of the contribution to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particle.
July 4, 2012 was a historic day when the scientists announced the discovery of a theoretical particle called Higgs Boson and it was Dr Abdus Salam‘s theory which opened gateways to the discovery of The GOD Particle.
Higgs Boson – whats the fuss? Well the discovery shoulders the responsibility of bringing about a revolution in the upcoming generations.It is a theoretical model which describes the fundamental particles and forces that control our Universe.
In 1974, according to constitutional amendment , Ahmadi‘s were declared to be non-muslims.Inprotest of which Dr Abdul Salaam left for London.In love of his country he still kept close association with the Theoretical Physics Group as well as academic scientists from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).
Leaving Pakistan in protest was something he greatly regretted because he loved his country. Unfortunately his country failed to reciprocate.
Receiving calls from international agencies and orgaznizations Pakistani government denies him to be a part of Pakistan. He being an Ahmadi did not make him a non-Pakistani.Where did the minority rights of equal respect from the very same constitution of 1974 go ?
After so many years of controversy, this scientific achievement, set to go down in history, cannot be separated from the name Abdus Salam. That is exactly how Pakistani’s will remember it – as the day a scientific breakthrough made way and a Pakistani physicist had so much to do with it. A denounced Pakistani.
Talking about international recognition a road is named after Dr Salam in CERN, Geneva, where the Higgs Boson particle was discovered in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), shows the respect for him from the world scientists’ community while Pakistan continues to deny him being a Pakistani.
If only Pakistan had looked upon his achievements and awards without the lens of religious skepticism and discrimination on, we will see that personalities like him that exist amongst us even today, are a matter of pride. They deserve to be recognised, valued and appreciated- not shunned or denounced.