[INDOLOGY] Fwd: help with a name

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Thu Feb 27 14:03:15 UTC 2020

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From: Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at umich.edu>
Date: Thu, Feb 27, 2020 at 6:01 AM
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] help with a name
To: Jonathan Silk <kauzeya at gmail.com>

Dear Jonathan,

     Most of these north Indian names are two part first names, and by
convention generally the initials of both parts of the first names are used
in giving English abbreviations, i.e. Ganga Nath Jha = G. N. Jha; Vidya
Niwas Misra = V. N. Misra.  My daughter's father-in-law is Hari Shanker
Gupta = H. N. Gupta.

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]

On Thu, Feb 27, 2020 at 1:30 AM Jonathan Silk via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues
> A colleague asked me a question that, rather than rush an answer, has made
> me turn to your collective wisdom.
> I have been rather pedantic that Lokesh Chandra is one name, and thus not
> to be cited as Chandra, Lokesh. OK, I think this is completely correct
> (ditto for his father Ragu Vira, not Vira, Ragu).
> My colleague however has asked me about Har Dayal. Wikipedia tells me that
> his name is Lala Har Dayal Singh Mathur. OK, but in English at least he
> published under Har Dayal, so my colleague's question is whether the
> "family name" is Dayal, or Har Dayal, or as I interpret the question,
> whether we should put reference in a bibliography as Dayal, Har, or rather
> Har Dayal.
> Thank you for enlightening the ignorant!
> Jonathan
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