ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Languages- Neglect of Urdu

Languages Neglect of Urdu THE memorandum of understanding on Punjab signed by the late Harchand Singh Longowal and the Prime Minister provides for the Central government to "take some steps for the promotion of the Punjabi language". Accordingly, the Central government is said to have addressed letters to the concerned state governments urging them to encourage Punjabi, This is to be welcomed. Some similar action is called for in respect Of Urdu. Admittedly, the position of Urdu is somewhat peculiar. Apart from the fact that Urdu and Hindi are closely allied, there are practical difficulties since Urdu is not a language spoken by a majority of the people in any particular state or a large enough region within a state. The popular view of Urdu as the language of the Muslims (much as Punjabi has come to be regarded as that of the Sikhs) is another complicating factor.

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