Cor­rect Name

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL -

In the sec­tion ‘Be­tween The Lines’ in your Oc­to­ber is­sue, (page 74), Bi­lawal Zar­dari was re­ferred to as Bi­lawal ‘Bhutto.’ Is he sired by a Bhutto, in which case it would be kosher to call him Bi­lawal Bhutto? If his fa­ther is a Zar­dari then call­ing him Bi­lawal Bhutto is mis­lead­ing. Even Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari does not gel. In Amer­ica, mar­ried women use their maiden sur­name as their sec­ond name, like Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton or Made­line Cor­bel Al­bright. But their sec­ond name is sel­dom used in common par­lance. Thus Hil­lary is re­ferred to sim­ply as Hil­lary Clin­ton. Men never use their mother's sur­name as their sec­ond name. For ex­am­ple in the names of George Walker Bush or Barack Hus­sein Obama the sec­ond names, Walker and Hus­sein, re­spec­tively, are not their moth­ers' sur­names.

We should ei­ther call him Bi­lawal Zar­dari or Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari. S.G. Ji­la­nee Karachi, Pak­istan

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