01, Feb 2016
By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:February 1, 2016 11:14 am
“I always wanted to be a writer. A writer of science, like Carl Sagan. I loved Science, Stars, Nature, but then I loved people without knowing that people have long since divorced from nature. Our feelings are second handed. Our love is constructed. Our beliefs colored. Our originality valid through artificial art. It has become truly difficult to love without getting hurt.”
These were the last words of Rohith Vemula, the Dalit PhD scholar who committed suicide last month. His suicide note, where he refused to hold anyone responsible for his death, showed his immense love for science and an aspiration to be a writer, like cosmologist and astrophysicist Carl.
With Rohith mentioning the astronomer in his suicide note, Rajeev Ramachandran, a journalist at MediaoneTV, thought of writing to Carl’s wife Ann Druyan seeking her response to the protests that are currently underway following Rohith’s suicide. He posted her response on his Facebook page.