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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Hyderabad, the last citadel of Urdu in India

What's different about this photograph?

The display boards in shops are in Urdu apart from English, like Akshay Jewellers as seen in photo. Such boards are seen only in Hyderabad, which in a way is the last citadel of Urdu in India.May be there are such hoardings and boards in Kashmir. But I haven't been there.

Few non-Muslims consider Urdu as their language and even in Cities like Lucknow it has become very rare to find billboards/display boards in Urdu.

This photo was taken near Char Minar. Of course, traders have their business considerations in mind and have no great love for any language. In Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena had recently started a campaign asking shop owners to write the shop names in Marathi.


BLogographos said...

It is indeed a pity that most Indians don't know how to read Urdu or think of it as their own language. But I think there's still a lingering appreciation of the fact that Urdu is a beautiful language, and a language of poetry. Also, it's almost impossible to learn Urdu in school - I speak for Delhi here.

Syed Tayyab Ali said...

Assalam wa Alikum,
I dont think that there is no future of Urdu.
In Pakistan, there are so much work have been done in Urdu.
*Jang News Paper, www.jang.com.pk
*geo tv, ary digital tv, indus tv, aaj tv.
*magzines like akhbare jehan.

and one interesting thing which you should know that only 8% population of Pakistan are native speaker(mother tongue = madri zaban.) of Urdu.