Prevented From Intermingling With Hindi By Language Police, Urdu Dies A Slow Death

In March, the Center told the Supreme Court that it was open to the suggestion of conducting NEET, a single window entrance test for admissions for MBBS and BDS courses, in the Urdu language from the next academic year. This has rekindled the debate on the present state and the future of Urdu language. Every [...]

By |2017-06-12T20:28:30+00:00June 13th, 2017|Hindi language, India, Languages, Urdu language|0 Comments

The death of Urdu in India is greatly exaggerated – the language is actually thriving

An Indian currency note is a wonder of linguistic diversity. Take a Rs 100 note, for example. The amount “rupees one hundred” is written in a staggering 17 scripts. Most of the scripts represent different sounds: in Bengali, it reads “eksho taka” and in Marathi “shambhar rupye”. Yet, oddly enough, two of those 17 scripts [...]

Uncommon tongue: Pakistan’s confusing move to Urdu

Urdu is beautiful, vastly expressive, and the medium of some of the most powerful literature generated in the Indian sub-continent over the last two or three centuries. It is spoken by many in Pakistan, especially in the main urban centres. But there is no region in Pakistan which can be categorised as originally Urdu-speaking. And [...]

By |2015-09-14T13:18:08+00:00September 14th, 2015|Language, Pakistan, Urdu language|0 Comments