LET THE SCIENTIST BE FREE FROM POLITICAL COMPULSION

BY

Muhammad Yousaf Gabriel

Oqasaorg@gmail.com

 The scientist is an honest fellow. Honest and Sincere. Sincere and sympathetic and deserving the heart-felt gratitude of entire mankind for risking his health and life in his endeavour to render atomic energy safe for utility. His views might be erroneous. His hopes might prove false. Yet his right to gratitude could not be denied him. This case of atomic energy has involved him in a situation most perilous and has thrown on him a responsibility that is heavier than death itself. The consequences of his endeavour in the field of atomic energy might place him in a situation so unpleasant, so irksome, even abominable as may hardly show a precedent in history.

He is not all praises for atomic energy. We know. In the heart of hearts he seems to be well aware of the extreme precariousness of this situation. But he is in a fix. He finds himself on the horns of a dilemma. His inner urge to render atomic energy safe for use is irresistible. But more than that he has at present been rendered into a mere servile instrument in the hands of national and international politics. And a mere slave to procure means of gratifying he appetite of mankind. Let humanity therefore help him out of this situation for the sake of his past and present services to mankind in general. How it could be done is the question? Thats easy. It could be done by relieving him from the political and industrial compulsion. Let him be made once more a free man to think by his own mind and to see by his own sight. How this could be done is the next question? This too is equally easy. Let the knowledge of atomic energy and the nuclear science be disseminated throughout the world. When the people themselves have gained the knowledge of the subject sufficient to weigh for themselves the pros and the cons they can give their opinion for or against it. when once the opinion of the entire public of the world has been moulded, then their political agencies that at present are forced by the circumstances to adopt and develop atomic energy in a compulsory spirit of competition and rivalry will be relived of the tension, and the scientist then in that atmosphere will be able to decide the issue in the true perspective and do what could be deemed safe and good.