[INDOLOGY] Hindi spelling changes and Manaki grammar book

Dick Plukker d.plukker at inter.nl.net
Fri Dec 2 12:45:56 UTC 2016

Dear Harry Spier,

I am afraid I don’t know the Manak Hindi grammar book you mentioned, but 
the most recent (2016) publication (in Hindi) of the Central Hindi 
Directorate (of the Ministry of Human Resource Development), 
/Standardization of Devanagari Script and Hindi Spelling/, says on p. 
30, par. 3.13 (on the euphonic glides ya and va) that in cases where the 
use of ya is optional (jhukāye or jhukāe) the spelling with the glide is 
to be avoided. The same rule was formulated in earlier publications of 
the Directorate, already in the sixties of the previous century.

It is not a spelling reform, but rather an attempt from the side of the 
government to standardize the spelling of Hindi.

The booklet can be downloaded for free at:



Dick Plukker

Op 2-12-2016 om 09:14 schreef Harry Spier:
> Dear list members,
> I've been asked a question about a Hindi spelling change and I'm not a 
> Hindi speaker so any help would be greatly appreciated.
> I've been told that the Manaki Hindi grammar book rule 2.13.1 says to 
> change the spelling of āye to āein Hindi words.
>  And the example I've been given is jhukāye should be spelled jhukhāe
> I've been asked what this is about.
> Is this a spelling modernization or  some kind of official spelling 
> reform?
> Or two different types of Hindi spelling like British english and 
> Amarican english?
> Are there other spelling changes prescribed in the Manaki Hindi 
> grammar book?
> What is the Manaki Hindi grammar?  Does it have some kind of special 
> status.
> Thanks,
> Harry Spier
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