One of the commendable things that The Hindu and Deccan Herald did in their coverage of Raj Kumar's death was to avoid the use of "Dr" in front of his name. After all, he only had an honorary doctorate from Mysore University; he wasn't a Ph.D. nor was he a medical doctor.
Yet, to see the TV channels bang on and on about "Dr" Karunanidhi taking oath today (Jayanti Natarajan insists on calling him Dr Kalaignar), or to see them refer to the United Breweries chief as "Dr" Vijay Mallya leaves you wondering.
And, as for "Dr" A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, ours is not ask why….