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It is not surprising that terrorists struck Bacha Khan University on the death anniversary of the Gandhian it is named after......

Gandhian is - related to mahatma ghandi

  • It is not surprising that terrorists struck Bacha Khan University on the death anniversary of the relative of Gandhi that it is named after.... – Edwin Ashworth Feb 4 '16 at 16:46
  • It is not surprising that terrorists struck Bacha Khan University on the death anniversary of the Gandhian (that) it is named after - it's called a relative clause – Fae Feb 4 '16 at 16:47
  • Buy here no that is used – Manish Rai Feb 4 '16 at 17:00
  • I don't think many native speakers would accept this use of Ghandian. Consider Dickensian, Shavian, Marxist, Trotskyite, for example. When such derivations from proper names are used as nouns, they only ever identify someone who actively endorses whatever the original is famous for, not just someone who happens to be a relative sharing the same surname. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Feb 4 '16 at 17:01
  • @FumbleFingers Bacha Khan was his friends and ideologi follower .... – Manish Rai Feb 4 '16 at 17:03
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Gandhian, is actually an adjective. But it is used as a noun here.

Merriam-Webster editor Neil Serven gives us an explanation

For example, the words poor and sick are easily recognizable as adjectives:

We were too poor to afford a car.

He was sick with a head cold.

As with most adjectives, poor and sick can be used before a noun to modify that noun:

poor artists

a sick patient

But what happens when such an adjective is preceded by the but not followed by a noun?

She gives money to the poor.

Nurses care for the sick.

The words poor and sick here are used to refer to poor people and sick people, respectively, with the nouns they modify omitted.

While they function like nouns here, they are not defined as nouns because they do not meet any of the other criteria that typically distinguishes a word as a noun.

Bacha Khan was a Pakistani independence activist who followed the basic principles of Gandhiism. He was also a close friend of Gandhi

Also see Bacha Khan University, which was named after him.

Gandhian (adjective) is someone related to Gandhi or Gandhiism.

Gandhiism  is a body of ideas and principles that describes the inspiration, vision and the life work of Mohandas Gandhi. It is particularly associated with his contributions to the idea of nonviolent resistance, sometimes also called civil resistance.

  • Gandhian it adjectives +it? – Manish Rai Feb 4 '16 at 17:15
  • We look Gandhian as a noun or adjective – Manish Rai Feb 4 '16 at 17:23
  • It may be that you are not clear on the meaning of adjective; "Gandhian" alone could be one, but "a/the Gandhian" grammatically cannot. – TimLymington Feb 4 '16 at 17:32
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The journalist here is using Gandhian not in its usual adjectival sense, but as a noun meaning 'a member of the Gandhi clan'. Such terms were used in classical times, when an Alcmeonid or * the Atreides would be related to an important family but not necessarily bearing the family name; they are scarcely used nowadays (unless some Indian English speaker knows otherwise?) and the Gandhi it was named for would be more usual.

*No, in Aeschylus, not the Herbert tribute.

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