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