In a news item that even the curators of the Bidadi branch of Ripley’s Believe It or Not would squirm from believing, Deccan Herald reports that the “Siginaw” Valley State University in Michigan, has conferred an honorary doctorate on Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa, for his contribution in “public life”.
Yediyurappa will leave for the United States on December 11, and receive the degree on December 14, says the news report.
Does Yediyurappa deserve a doctorate so early in his chief ministerial tenure? Are his achievements in “public life” in the run up to it worthy of international recognition? Why would Saginaw Valley State University in cold Michigan confer an honorary doctorate on an “Indian” from Shikaripura? How much longer before a University in Karnataka reciprocates this gesture by honouring a true son of the soil?