People from the Tamil Nation know that we have plenty of doctors. We see them on pre-election walls all over the state, on posters. Doctor Jayalalitha, Dr. Stalin, and so on. See link for the history: In doctorate lies stepping stone - DMK heir to get honorary degree usually reserved for CMs Honorary doctorates are given to people who have a significant achievement in their field of culture, life, public service etc.. Recently desi's in America are made to realize that we are becoming a 3rd world country in our politics and economy. And now there is this flap about frivolous "doctorate" to people connected to Power. Doctor Jill Biden was asked to downplay the "doctor" and meld into the first-spouse job. And she had decided to call that Wall Street Journal opinion as misogynistic (women-hating), and many individuals and organizations have come out supporting her. All of this huffing-&-puffing had led to a thorough examination of Jill Biden's Ed.D degree, the one she claimed she "had worked so hard for". Here is a snippet from a recent analysis: " To call Jill Biden’s dissertation thin gruel is an insult to gruel. Whatever meager substance puddled in Bob Cratchit’s miserable bowl at mealtime was a bountiful feast compared with this paper. I wrote yesterday about the problems with this capstone project, the foundation of her Ed.D. degree and of the insistence of so many in recent days that we must call her “Dr.” Mrs. Biden’s only original research consists of interviews with two — that’s right, two — ex-students and a few colleagues at Delaware Technical Community College, where she used to teach, plus the results of a vacuous questionnaire she wrote that was returned by about 150 people who worked or studied there. Oh, and she also called two nearby community colleges seeking interviews about their retention rates. One of them wouldn’t answer the question; the other wouldn’t assign anyone to speak to her at all. Telling us about this misadventure serves no academic purpose, though it does fill up four pages of her generously spaced paper. The transcripts of her group chats with campus figures and colleagues take up nearly 30 pages out of 129. The questionnaires eat up another 18 pages. The dissertation, Student Retention at the Community College: Meeting Students’ Needs, shimmers with the wan, term-papery feel of middle school, although in defense of today’s middle schoolers, they at least know how to use spell-checking software, unlike Mrs. Biden. Her 2006 paper notes that at Delaware Tech, her then-employer, a third of students dissolve into the ether every year, and in order to pad out her micron-thin proposals, none of which have anything to support them except her beliefs and anecdotal evidence (she suggests building a student center and beefing up the “Wellness Center” while increasing counseling and mentoring services), she shovels in piles of drivel. Opinions will differ on which of her efforts is of least value, but a strong contender presents itself at the moment when she reaches over for the course catalog on her desk and quotes at length from page two of its boilerplate introduction (“The College respects and cares for students as individuals and maintains a friendly an open institution which welcomes all students and supports their aspirations for a better life”). (Jill) Biden’s style is atrocious, her research is comical, her reasoning is muddled, and as one finishes the final vacuous line of this student-newspaper-style exercise (“A student retention plan requires diligence and effort — but most of all, leadership”), it is impossible not to be reminded that the University of Delaware, which granted Mrs. Biden an Ed.D. in 2007, is deeply connected to her husband. A more exacting, or even minimally self-respecting, university would have directed Mrs. Biden’s paper to the nearest trash receptacle. Jill Biden looks like yet another member of the Biden family who successfully leveraged the family name to obtain things of value that otherwise would have lain far beyond the reach of someone of such meager talents. The president-elect Joe Biden is also not known for his abilities in using the language, he has plagiarized others' speeches, and quite often lied about his academic credentials as well as his involvements in the civil rights movement, and about getting arrested with Nelson Mandela. I think it was a bad move for Jill Biden to have blown this issue up to expose herself, and her whole family for a reexamination of systematic malfeasance in their activities. It is generally accepted that a doctor (of whatever kind) is not addressed a doctor when s/he is coaching little league, or out shopping in Trader joe's. I go with this view. Among us desi's there are plenty of doctors --of science, engg, and medicine. Very few would insist on being called by their titles, not in a costco-queue for sure. What do you think ?