Urdu

Urdu importance

 

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Urdu is a language historically associated with the Muslims of South Asia (Hindustan, Indo-Pak sub-continent). It is the national language of Pakistan and an official language of five states of India and one of the 22 scheduled languages in India. The word Urdu is derived from a Turkish word ‘ordu’ which means army or horde. It is widely spoken, written and understood in both Pakistan and India and in several other countries of the world where Indo-Pak natives reside. The word Urdu means ‘army’ in Turkish language. The reason behind this name is that the language contains a large number of words which belong to Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Central Asian languages, and Hindi.

The foundations of the language were laid upon the conquest of India by the Arabs in 712 AD. For the next one thousand years many Persian, Arab and Turkish armies conquered the region. Different people with different languages and dialects were the reason Urdu came into being. Hence the name Urdu was adopted for the language. The official language of the Muslims during 1000 AD – 1700 AD was Persian.

Urdu was widely spoken, written and taught in the era. The leaders of the Muslim sultanate in 13th century AD asked Amir Khusru (a prominent Sufi poet, musician, historian and scholar of the era) to invent a new language to facilitate communication between the people of India. He was a master of many languages like Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Sanskrit to form a new language which formed the foundation of modern Urdu. He is also the first Urdu poet. After 1700 AD, Urdu became more dominant in the region replacing Persian as the official language of the sub-continent. However Persian constituted almost 70% of the Urdu vocabulary but Urdu differentiated itself from Persian with additional grammatical usages and a great influence from the Arabic language. During the nineteenth century AD, Urdu saw a downfall because of the downfall of Muslim Empire in India and Hindi dominated most areas. After the British Raj was established in the region, English became the official language and Hindustani became the medium language for the average man. Hindustani is a mixed language consisting of both Urdu and Hindi.

Until the separation of Hindustan into India and Pakistan, Urdu became the dominant language in the Muslim state of Pakistan while Hindi became the official language of India. Simple Hindustani and Urdu have different grammar and script. Both of these languages belong to different cultures and history. However the similarities make them very easy to understand by both sides. According to the current statistics, Urdu-Hindi is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world after Chinese, English and Spanish. The language Urdu spoken in Pakistan and other parts of the world has heavily incorporated many words from regional languages like Punjabi, Pashtu, Sindhi, Kashmiri and Balti. There are different dialects of the language, for example Deccan of South India and Khariboli of Indian Punjab. Recent statistics reveal that about 200 million people speak Urdu as their first language and more than 300 million people can understand and speak Urdu making it one of the largest languages in the world.