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How to Spell Gandhi

By Mark Shepard

Excerpted from the book Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths, Shepard Publications, Los Angeles, 2002


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Gandhi is spelled “Gandhi.” G-a-n-d-h-i.

Half the time that you see this name in Western newspapers and magazines, it’s spelled “Ghandi.” As if Gandhi meant some sort of ghoul. It doesn’t!

How can the h go after the d instead of the g? Because dh represents a single Indian consonant, the “aspirated” d. Yes, India also has an aspirated g, but it’s not in Gandhi!

Bonus question: At the end of a line, where can you break Gandhi? Not between the d and the h! The break is after the n, as in “Gan-dhi.” Dh is a single consonant, remember?

You are now among the few Westerners who can spell Gandhi.

I hope.

Book cover: Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths
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Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths
Civil Disobedience, Nonviolence, and Satyagraha in the Real World
By Mark Shepard