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|An Open Letter (standard:other, 466 words)
|Author: Rattan Mann
|Added: Jul 21 2004
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|A voice against Norwegian racism
An Open Letter In its May 04 issue Hobart Journal ( www.hobartpulp.com ) has posted my story " The Unread Story" .But for me what is more important is the courage Hobart Journal has shown by including the following paragraph in the bio. Rattan has a BSc in electronics, another BSc in physics, and a MSc in physics, all from Norway. He has passed a total of 50 exams in mathematics, physics, and computers from Norwegian colleges and universities with a total of 150 credit points - all without attending a single lecture or having a guide or supervisor for his Masters thesis in Superstring theory. But Norwegian universities and institutions found him and his acheivements" to much below average" to let him proceed with a Phd in superstring theory or give him any other job. So he is living in a limbo, either on dole, or eking out a living as "an incompetent person with very below average qualities." With my autobiography "Silence With The Storm" appearing at Oracular Tree( www.oraculartree.com ) from march onwards and now this paragraph in Hobart, finally, after decades of suppression, my side of the story has started leaking out of the four walls of my bedroom ( my prison, I should call it) into the world wide web, thanks to the courage of a new and young breed of women and men born in cyberspace who are not afraid to catch the bull of establishment by the horn. I appeal to these and other websites, including nicestories.com, where my work has appeared not to remove my work even under pressure. In Norway, people like me who know major portions of pure mathematics,theoretical physics, philosophy, psychology, history, and literature backwards are regarded as "very below average" and " very incompetent" and relegated to the status of permanent pariahs and outcastes just because we are non-whites. And people who have just five classes of primary school education are rectors and directors of major institutions just because they are white. I myself have served under bosses who had just 5 classes of primary school education. And they were regarded as "universal geniuses". The time has come for me to search for souls in cyberspace who have the courage to protest against this racial discrimination, not with loud words, but at least in the silence of their hearts, because in my opinion, when man loses the capacity and the courage to protest even in the silence of his heart, I personally see no hope for mankind. I am a Gandhian, and I will be more than satisfied if you demonstrate this silent protest by forwarding this letter to a few of your courageous friends in cyberspace. Rattan Mann Bsc/Bsc/Msc Sun cerified java programmer/Web component developer/Enterprise architect(part1) Oracle certified PL/SQl programmer (OCA) Oslo, Norway Tweet
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