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Fareed Zakaria

Published : Saturday, 20 June, 2015 09:05 AM

Reading success stories of great professionals stimulates motivational enzyme within us and we all wish to emulate them on our path of success.

Exactly with this aim MBA Rendezvous is presenting you series of motivational stories of successful Professionals who have  carved a niche in their own way and have become icons of Management Fraternity.

Following above, read motivational story of Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Rafiq Zakaria, a quite well-known American journalist, of Indian origin, whose mother was the Editor of The Sunday Times and whose father was a famous politician, has to his credit several landmark achievements – a former columnist for Newsweek, Editor of Newsweek International and Time – he presently works as a weekly columnist for The Washington Post and has authored several prolific books, such as The Post-American World, The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad, From Wealth to Power and so on.

Zakaria is a political thinker and a liberal to reckon with – he never picks sides and is never biased towards any particular point of view – and that is what is truly motivational about this great figure. In an age and time when most thinkers have biased opinions and also exercise favouritism towards their preferred political parties, Zakaria only and justifiably explains what is happening on the ground, i.e. the true facts and figures surrounding any and every political issue.

His insight is varied and interesting, it is wide-ranging and well-informed too. Importantly, it must be noted that his academic qualifications are also top-notch, which further testifies to and justifies his political and governmental commentary – he holds a Ph.D. in Government Studies from Harvard University. He is a man who does not give out his opinions unthinkingly or whimsically, he ensures that his claims and assertions are embedded in authentic sources.

Recently, Zakaria has come into the spotlight for a quite notorious reason – his writings and his script for the TV show that he hosts every Sunday on CNN – i.e. Fareed Zakaria GPS – have been accused of plagiarism, i.e. copying material from other sources without any acknowledgement. This charge has been levelled against him by two bloggers on Twitter - @Blippoblappo and @Crushingbort.

Given Zakaria’s brilliant reputation and standing, he has not been fired from his present job and most of the plagiarism charges have been labelled as unjustified. Journalists and other political thinkers in his field feel that such charges and accusations are a part of their job and should not be taken too seriously.

But it is not as if his employer – CNN – let him off the hook lightly. His work was deeply scrutinised and tested for plagiarism, and it was found out that there was merely one instance where he could be caught guilty. And yes, CNN did suspend him for about a week. Later, he apologised and things were well.

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