Miscellaneous-Abbreviated or Alternate Names

Miscellaneous-Abbreviated or Alternate Names

Short forms of lengthy names, phrases or words. Usage of abbreviation and nicknames are common for the freedom fighters that belong from India.

There are different ways for identifying any long name of freedom fighters of India in an easy way. We will discuss the usage of abbreviated names and the usage of nicknames as the ways for identifying freedom fighters. By the end of this discussion, the effectiveness of nicknames and abbreviated names for recognizing any long phrase, words or names can be understood. Let us find out the significance of abbreviations and alternated names

Definition and types of abbreviated names

An abbreviated name can be defined as the shortened form of a long-written name, word, or phrase. Abbreviated names are generally used for saving space without changing the meaning of a long name or word. The usage of abbreviated names is also helpful for saving time in an effective way. The purpose for using abbreviated names includes the elimination or avoidance of repetitive long-termed names. The repetition of long-termed names can create boredom or monotony among the learners. To avoid this boredom or monotony, abbreviated names are used. 

The usage of abbreviated names is useful for making a text easy to understand by the readers. There are several kinds of abbreviations that can be observed. There are mainly four types of abbreviations that can be used for making long-termed names shorter in an effective way. Every kind of abbreviation has different kinds of characteristics. The names regarding the kinds of abbreviations are acronym, initialism, clipping word, and contraction. In these four ways, a long-termed phrase or name can be abbreviated easily and that can be effective in making any boring or monotonous name or phrase interesting. Sometimes nicknames of the freedom fighters of India were used as the pen names. The fighters who used to participate in the process of freedom fighting through their writings generally used to write under penned names or using nicknames. 

Importance of abbreviated and alternative nicknames of Indian freedom fighters 

Abbreviated names are usually used for shortening any long time in an effective way. At first, the full names have to be written once and then the abbreviation or the alternative names are used for writing long names in an easy way. In the case of freedom fighters of India, abbreviation names or nicknames were used during the time of freedom fighting for several purposes. 

It was very important or vital for using the abbreviated and nicknames for calling the freedom fighters of India in order to create a complexity for the British government for understanding which person is related to an abbreviated or nicknames. 

Usage or purpose of abbreviated or alternative names

In many cases or in most cases the nicknames and abbreviated names were used based on or depending on the works of the freedom fighters. It has been observed that the abbreviated names were mainly used for shortening the names of the freedom fighters who belonged from India. As an example, it can be stated that the names of the freedom fighters Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal were used as Lal Bal Pal as the abbreviated names in the ruling time of the British government so that, the Indian population can identify them easily or in an easy manner. 

Differences between abbreviated names and nicknames

There is a difference that can be observed between the usage of abbreviated names and the usage of nicknames. The usage of abbreviated names for describing the freedom fighters of India is an easy way for presenting a long name of a freedom fighter in a short form so that it can be easily used by everyone. Rabindranath Tagore is well known in the whole world as “Tagore” which is an abbreviated name. 

Nicknames are usually given to freedom fighters of India based on their form of work or their characteristics. Nicknames are used for creating an affection or sense of love and respect towards the freedom fighters. 

Nicknames of Indian freedom fighters

There are several known or famous personalities in India who are mainly well known in India or in the whole world by their nicknames or pen names rather than their original names. Raja Ram Mohan Roy is known as ‘the morning star of IndiaRenaissance’. Raja Ram Mohan Roy was the first person who had taken initiatives for eliminating several social orthodoxies that were effective for creating negative impacts on society. He has also taken the first step towards eliminating the cruel social practice ‘satidaha pratha’.

Rabindranath Tagore is one of the world-famous Indian freedom fighters. He had written the famous workpiece ‘Bhanusingher Padabali’ and as this masterpiece became famous in India and even in the whole world Rabindranath Tagore had obtained the nickname ‘Bhanu Singha’.

List of other abbreviated names of freedom fighters of India

  • Alternate name
  • Original name
  • Bapu or Mahatma Gandhi
  • Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi
  • Chacha
  • Jawahar Lal Nehru
  • Lokmanya
  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak
  • Gurudev
  • Rabindranath Tagore
  • Desbandhu
  • Chittaranjan Das
  • Netaji
  • Subhas Chandra Bose


It can be concluded that the usage of abbreviations and nicknames were very important for the freedom fighters of India for creating an opportunity for distinguishing themselves in front of the eyes of the British rulers. The usage of nicknames or abbreviated names often has helped the freedom fighters of India to continue their freedom works without having or getting any kind of disruptions or interruptions from the ruling British government.