Talk:Mahatma Gandhi

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formatting error[edit]

Indentation error after the Einstein quotation. Article's semi-protected status means anonymous users can't make the correction.

Shy and Bombay[edit]

I've removed the statement that says his practice in Bombay failed because he was too shy. The source does not say that. What it says is that his first case was a fiasco because he didn't have the courage to get up and cross examine. That is not the same thing as saying that his practice failed because of shyness (or even that his practice failed because he couldn't get up and plead on his first case). Shy he might well have been, and Brown says this in numerous places, but the statement as written is not supported. --regentspark (comment) 16:44, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

Having double checked the source, you're right. I got a little sloppy, because I've been dealing a lot with drive-by tagging of unpleasant information by people who do not understand referencing convention, and got a little impatient. Thanks. Vanamonde93 (talk) 17:03, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
thanks  :) Rjensen (talk) 17:09, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

Name Change - His Name Was Never Mahatma[edit]

"Mahatma" being an honorific title for the man, the title for this whole article should be changed to accurately reflect the name of the man the article is about: Mohandas Gandhi. There was never a person named "Mahatma Gandhi," just as there was never a person named "King George." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:1:9A80:D8:F4FD:7653:4EA5:A07E (talk) 06:53, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

This has been discussed numerous times. See the move nomination block at the top of this talk page for links to those discussions. Rwessel (talk) 07:10, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
You're barking up the wrong tree. Consensus is the rule here, not fact. Nevermind that redirects fully compensate for any ignorance on the part of Wikipedia readers. You might be thinking, "however understandable and excusable that ignorance might be, Wikipedia shouldn't reflect it." But it does. So there ya go. (talk) 14:37, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Wikipedia reflects the best scholarship, which calls him "Mahatma Gandhi". Anyone reading the article will quickly shed his ignorance. Rjensen (talk) 18:08, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
No, it doesn't. It would be an exaggeration to say it relies on Google results, but not much of one. Wikipedia: COMMONNAME instructs editors to use scholarly resources, but they don't. In any case, scholarly sources will always use the common name because people need to know what it's about. There's no such thing as a physical world redirect. Not so in Wikipedia. Redirects fix every single problem with using the correct but not popularly known names for things. Yet WP pretends they don't. And I've still yet to find anyone with a satisfactory reason beyond that it's the accepted practice. (talk) 06:53, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Actually, COMMONNAME doesn't refer to "scholarly" at all. What it actually says: "as determined by its prevalence in reliable English-language sources". --NeilN talk to me 14:58, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

This needs to be changed to past tense.[edit] Nelson Mandela, the leader of South Africa's struggle to eradicate racial discrimination and segregation, is a prominent non-Indian recipient. In 2011, Time magazine named Gandhi as one of the top 25 political icons of all time.[232]

I recommend "was a prominent non-Indian recipient." (talk) 18:38, 9 July 2014 (UTC)Keiran

Yes check.svg Done Vanamonde93 (talk) 12:34, 10 July 2014 (UTC)


"In regard to this bill Gandhi sent out a memorial to Joseph Chamberlain, British Colonial Secretary, asking him to reconsider his position on this bill."

Surely this should be "memorandum", not "memorial"? And the sentence is also a little wordy; I suggest:

"Gandhi asked Joseph Chamberlain, British Colonial Secretary, to reconsider his position on this bill." — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vitalmar (talkcontribs) 07:45, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

Done, thanks. --NeilN talk to me 14:05, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

August 2014[edit]

A very good article! Ikhtiar H (talk) 06:57, 17 August 2014 (UTC)