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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

In English: Urdu kay aakhree lamhay - Mosharraf Zaidi

Urdu is not important because it is a unifier. History has taught us that in fact Urdu may not be much of a unifier at all, but it is a functional least common denominator. In a country of 172 million that desperately needs common denomination (and functionality), that's important. There are less women, minorities, children or the disabled in Pakistan than there are citizens who cannot read, write or speak English. The tangible truth is that language is the greatest instrument of social exclusion in Pakistan. There can be no democracy in Pakistan without the rescue of the Urdu language, beginning with its patronization by symbols and instruments of the state.


Blogger MEER said...

This is the factual truth that urdu is a language for all Pakistanis.The advent of television has in fact made the case for urdu un avoidable because all language channels find acommon ground for communication only in urdu!

December 26, 2008 1:49 PM  

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