Would Nergis Mavalvala have made it had she stayed in Pakistan?

Published: February 16, 2016

As far as I am concerned, Mavalvala didn’t earn professional success because she is Pakistani. PHOTO: John D & Catherine T, MacArthur Foundation

Overnight, astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala’s star went supernova in Pakistan. As news spread that the Karachi born scientist’s research played a role in one of the greatest scientist discoveries of our time, people who couldn’t spell ‘gravitational wave’ began celebrating her achievement with the fervour of Neil deGrasse Tyson dreaming about first contact.

Meanwhile, our right-wingers quickly started combing through scripture, seeking evidence of a Nostradamus like foretelling of gravitational waves, perhaps in hopes of winning a reductive reasoning award.

But I digress.

As TV channels and news dot coms broke the story, social media hit fever pitch.