The malaise of names and titles

Published: May 9, 2012

LEWISVILLE, TEXAS, US: This is with reference to S Akbar Zaidi’s article “The self-importance of names and titles” (May 9). I agree with the writer’s arguments, but for what it is worth, in every sphere of life, all around the world people are always asked about their ‘qualifications’ and the more glamorous they sound, the better.

I asked the celebrated Akbar S Ahmed many years ago about the reason why he wrote that he was educated at the University of Cambridge when he was educated at Birminghan and only got a diploma from the University of Cambridge. He replied that his publisher insisted on it.

So, it is not only Pakistan that is affected by the malaise of names and titles. It is a worldwide phenomenon.

Meekal Ahmed

Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2012.

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  • mrk
    May 31, 2012 - 8:59AM

    It is not a worldwide phenomenan – no. At least not getting ones degree. If you look around the world, those who acquire fame, are celebrated, are followed, earn it on the basis of what they accomplished in ‘real life’. It matters little that tens of thousands of persons graduate from IITs every year; What matters more, a far more, is that the likes of Murthy at al graduated from there. Getting a degree – being one of thousands from a given institution says little about ones expertise or achievements in life. If this weren’t so, everyone getting one of a good school would be securing half million dollar jobs – if it were that useful, the market would have rewarded them accordingly as an employer would certainly recognize the value that is provided to them. This is also consistent in other newspapers of the world where you would hardly find a mature columnist flashing the degree that he/she has. Flawed analysis I am sorry to say.


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