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Archive for May, 2013

Facts about Urdu and Hindi (part 1/4) Posted by on May 30, 2013

When I was researching about the Urdu language for my next blog I came across some interesting facts about Urdu and Hindi languages that I would like to share with you. One can’t  explore Urdu or Hindi without understanding the background and intricacies of the other. Here is the first blog out of four that…

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Urdu at the time of Independence in 1947 Posted by on May 21, 2013

It is believed by many in India that the greatest damage to Urdu was done by the Partition of India in 1947.  Since then Urdu was branded in India as a foreign language, as a language of Muslims alone, so much so that even Muslims stopped studying Urdu to show their `patriotism’ and solidarity with…

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Creation of Urdu in the Indian Sub Continent Posted by on May 15, 2013

While the Mughal Emperors from Akbar to Aurangzeb were strong rulers, having control over large parts of India, their successors, the later Mughals, who ruled from 1707 (when Aurangzeb died) to 1857 (when the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah  Zafar,  was  deposed), were mere phantoms or shadows of the departed glory of their ancestors.  These…

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Urdu in India Posted by on May 9, 2013

Two false notions were propagated, particularly after 1947 when India and Pakistan gained their independence from British rule about Urdu by certain vested interests: (1) that Urdu is a foreign language, and (2) that Urdu is a language of Muslims alone. The first idea is palpably false.  Arabic and Persian are no doubt foreign languages (though I…

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