MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA AUGUST 18, 2012 11.45 P.M.
Last week there were surfeit of news items about Indian – American writer , columnist and TV show host Mr. Fareed Zakaria . I was intrigued and wanted to unearth the real fact . But before I could finish my blog , I just read in today’s papers that he has been exonerated of the charges of plagiarism and has been re – instated by ” Time “ magazine and CNN . I became more curious . If he was not guilty , then why this whole drama about plagiarism was blown out of proportion , which led to his subsequent suspension ? And if he was really guilty of plagiarism , they why has the suspension been revoked today ? In between , ” Washington Post “ , which few days ago fished in the troubled water and accused him of plagiarism , has apologised for wrongly accusing him of plagiarism . It was too much . So naturally Fareed Zakaria’s case became a curious case for me .
I used to admire his father a lot . His father Late Dr. Rafiq Zakaria , a minister in the Congress government of Maharashtra , was a scholar of Islamic history and a great writer of repute . He used to write regularly for ” The Illustrated Weekly of India ” , a Times of India periodical being published from Mumbai [ then Bombay ] . I have several old copies of the said magazine in the library of my ancestral house at Deoria . Those copies of ” The Illustrated Weekly of India “ still remind me about the writings of Dr. Rafiq Zakaria . His mother Fatima Zakaria was also a writer and served as the editor of Sunday Times of India .
So curiosity about Fareed Rafiq Zakaria was immense . I refered to Wikipedia and came to know that he was born in Mumbai on January 20 , 1964 . He studied at Yale University and Harvard University in U.S.A. and later on started his immensely successful career in United States of America as a columnist , writer , TV show Anchor and political commentator .
In 1992 he started his career as managing editor of ” Foreign Affairs “ magazine . Later on he moved to ” Newsweek International ” and wrote a weekly foreign affairs column for the said magazine [ from 2000 to 2010 ] and was its editor too . Later on he became Editor – at – large of ” Time “ [ from 2010 till Present ] .
Apart from these above mentioned reputed magazines , he also wrote for the ” New York Times ” , ” Wall Street Journal ” and ” New Yorker ” .
He also hosts a TV show ” Fareed Zakaria GPS “ on CNN since 2008 . Before that , he anchored shows as political analyst on ABC [ 2002 to 2007 ] and on PBS [ 2005 to 2008 ] .
He is also a very admired and sought after speaker at various world forums . He is considered an authority on America’s political situations and current world affairs .
Fareed Zakaria , apart from his hugely acclaimed columns , has also written 3 books like ; ” From Wealth to Power : The Unusual Origins of America’s World Role ” [ 1998 ] , ” The Future of Freedom ” [ 2003 ] and ” The Post American World ” [ 2008 ] .
Apart from various international and American awards , he has also been awarded Padma Bhushan by the government of India .
A person of this repute cannot easily be accused of plagiarism . But this month he was accused of plagiarism by Newsbusters and was subsequently suspended by ” Time “ and CNN . Newsbusters reported that Fareed Zakaria’s ” Time “ column on gun control [ August 20 , 2012 ] bears similarity to an article published in ” New Yorker “ and that he quoted from the article without giving credit to the original author , Mr. Jill Lepore .
After much hyped furore , Zakaria tendered unconditional apology on his twitter handle @FareedZakaria .
I apologize unreservedly. http://bit.ly/OcOxtA
And after a week – long investigation ” Time “ and CNN accepted his apology , cleared him and reinstated his column and TV show . A needless controversy ended .
MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA
- CNN suspends Fareed Zakaria for plagiarism (politico.com)
- Time, CNN revoke Fareed Zakaria’s suspension (thehindu.com)
- Fareed Zakaria’s Suspension Lifted (abcnews.go.com)
- One week later, Fareed Zakaria’s one-month plagiarism suspension revoked (legalinsurrection.com)
- Time, CNN reinstate Zakaria after plagiarism review (lfpress.com)
- Time Is Taking Fareed Zakaria Back (businessinsider.com)
- Time and CNN revokes Fareed Zakaria’s suspension (ibnlive.in.com)
- Fareed Zakaria and Your Resume – A Common Thread? (news.dice.com)
- Time, CNN reinstate Zakaria after plagiarism incident (foxnews.com)
- CNN Statement on Fareed Zakaria (cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com)
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