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Is Urdu a “Muslim’ Language?


Muslims have barricaded themselves behind Urdu – and now fault India, Govt., Hindus for ignoring Urdu.

Cartoon by Khalil Bendib; March 2006; source & courtest - http://www.bendib.com/newones/2006/march/large/Apostasy%20in%20Islam.jpg  |  Click for image.

Cartoon by Khalil Bendib; March 2006; source & courtest – http://www.bendib.com/newones/2006/march/large/Apostasy%20in%20Islam.jpg | Click for image.

Urdu is a ‘Muslim’ Language

On 6th November 2010, early in the morning, the day after Diwali, I was at Hyderabad Railway Station to receive a friend. Since, I was early, I decided to buy a newspaper. Since, it was the day after Diwali, there was no issue of any newspaper in English, Hindi, Telugu.

But Urdu newspapers were available.

Except Urdu

Understandably – as most Urdu readers were Muslims – who don’t celebrate the ‘Hindu’ festival of Diwali.

Since Urdu was so specifically a Muslim language, it has stagnated and is at death’s door. Unlike Telugu, which survived 400 years of hostility and active neglect by the Nizam’s government – and the benign neglect by the Indian State.


  1. samadhyayi
    November 24, 2010 at 6:05 am

    the storm is brewing in Telangana. you should give us second look on it. soon. it is december. the andhras are not letting go.
    they are humiliating us at every step. they want polavaram project that will sink the temple of Ram in bhadrachalam. they dont want to give us anything and yet they maintain that we should stay united. this is going to go serious. the people at the center are handling it badly. we need ur expert analysis on the situation.

  2. July 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

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