With the dramatic near-election revelations about the authenticity of our ‘contestants’ degrees, we have once again come to a sorry reminder that even degrees in our country are sold.
To begin with, I frankly don’t understand the whole purpose of privileging institutions degree-allotting status, only to scrutinize and verify the degrees issued later on. Perhaps, this is our ‘desi’ way of remedying our known lacunas.
Anyhow, 54 degrees have been declared forged as yet including 18 former members of the Punjab Assembly, 14 former members of the National Assembly, seven members of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, six members of the Balochistan Assembly, five members of the Senate and four former members of Sindh Assembly – not to forget our very own PML-N member Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
Although as much as I want lets not debate over the former criterion for contesting- a graduate degree, the current standard in the limelight is, “No deceit and No forgery”. Such a basic expectation and yet so hard to meet. Where these degrees have only cracked down on a handful politicians not smart enough to plant their educational proofs well, some even passing their Intermediate after Graduation (I’d call it innocence rather cunningness), what about all those who have outsmarted all honesty benchmarks laid down by ECP?
We hate to admit however the underlying scale for a candidate in our part of the world has always been the “C” word- corruption. The more the politician is corrupt, the higher he is in the hierarchy. Any knee-jerk denials? I don’t think so. And while such crackers serve a perfect topic for punching up a talk show and for a laughter-triggering SMS, the reality that how knee-deep we and our leaders are entrenched in corruption and deceit still hits hard.