What’s in a name?

The Pak Banker - - 4EDITORIAL -

An­jum Niaz near Ab­bot­tabad. (Maybe Ab­b­otabad may get a new name to erase the bad­nami Pak­istan faced af­ter Osama bin Laden was dis­cov­ered liv­ing there for five long years un­be­knownst to the ISI!) Lyallpur be­came Faisal­abad be­cause the ruler of the day wanted to in­gra­ti­ate him­self with King Faisal; the La­hore cricket sta­dium be­came Gaddafi Sta­dium be­cause Zul­fikar Ali Bhutto got dol­lops from the Libyan dic­ta­tor. The name con­tin­ues de­spite the hor­ri­ble end the dic­ta­tor met mauled to death by his long suf­fer­ing pop­u­lace.

Lyallpur was named af­ter Sir James Lyall, the lieu­tenant gov­er­nor of the Pun­jab. Mark Lyall Grant, his great-grand nephew served dur­ing Mushar­raf’s reign as the Bri­tish high com­mis­sioner to Pak­istan. In fact he was the prime ne­go­tia­tor of the no­to­ri­ous NRO be­tween Be­nazir and Mushar­raf. “As a re­ward for his valu­able ser­vices, he could re­quest Mushar­raf to change Faisal­abad back to Lyallpur,” some­one quipped.

But Lady Mary Kin­naird lives on even af­ter 100 years. Who was this woman whose name stands out larger than life at La­hore’s Jail Road, on which one of the best col­leges for women sits like a queen? She was a great phi­lan­thropist. The multi-gen­er­a­tional roll call of ‘who’s who’ was proudly dis­played at the col­lege’s cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions. Daugh­ters, grand­daugh­ters and great grand­daugh­ters have passed through this au­gust in­sti­tu­tion. Caro­line and Mary, two great, great grand­daugh­ters of Lady Kin­naird trav­elled from Bri­tain as spe­cial guests of the col­lege to cel­e­brate the cen­te­nary. How­ever, Sir Her­bert Wil­liam Emer­son was not as lucky as Lady Mary Kin­naird. Pun­jab gov­er­nor Emer­son spear­headed the found­ing of the largest col­lege for men in Multan, which 13 years later ended up hav­ing his name. Emer­son was dropped in the ’60s. Some id­iot in power must have de­cided to junk ‘Emer­son’ and re­vert to call­ing the largest col­lege for men in Multan, ‘Government Col­lege Bosan Road.’ En­ter Farogh Naweed. He is an Emer­so­nian. He joined this col­lege at age 13 and four years later left as a grad­u­ate and an alum­nus of this fa­mous in­sti­tu­tion only to re­turn as a lec­turer.

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