06/20/09

The Urdu Language Downfall

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Posted by Engr. Muhammad Maroof | Posted in | Posted on 9:57 AM

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The Urdu Language Downfall


The Urdu Language DownfallUrdu as is used in Pakistan in current times has departed greatly from the literary form used by the educated and commoners of the past. Pakistan was built on firm grounds with Urdu to remain as the language of prestige and greatest articulacy. In current times, however, Urdu is seen as a language too complicated to learn by younger generations and has stepped into the background. People would rather prefer English as taught in their schools (by Musharraf’s government) or the Hindustani that they hear on Hindi films.



Bollywood has played a great part in the downfall of the Urdu language. Indians have adapted Urdu for many of their songs, believing that Urdu is the superior language (in eloquence) of the subcontinent. Even though less than 5% of their population (the Muslims of India) speak what they call Urdu; they still feel the need to develop their songs in the Muslim’s language. It plays as a snare for the Pakistanis; they would watch them believing they use Urdu but eventually they would end up adapting a plethora of Hindi vocabulary in the midst. Instead of reading and learning the language and concepts of the Quran, Urdu poetry of old, or the sciences they decide to spend 3 hours everyday to be influenced by a Hindi movie. A detriment to their modesty, brain, religion, and tongue.



Many people who achieve the slightest amount of education in Pakistan feel the need to express themselves in English. There are two reasons for this, the lack of knowledge in Urdu and an inferiority complex. A famous Arab scholar once said, “the one who adapts and replaces his customs for another’s is indeed the defeated.” And then there are those who follow blindly to become just another brick in the wall.



What remains of Urdu is just the news, national anthem, and the Urdu poems of Ghalib and Iqbal that fill the hallways of secluded school hallways. Today, Urdu is reserved to religious men and institutions as well as political debates. The common language of the everyday man, however, is moving slowly towards a mix of Hindi/Hindustani and English. It is even worse for Pakistanis abroad whose children have no source to learn the language of their ancestors. Many turn to Bollywood films thinking they would find it there; soon they end up speaking most of what is Hindustani.

The Urdu Language Future

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Posted by Engr. Muhammad Maroof | Posted in | Posted on 9:47 AM

The Urdu Language Future


The Urdu Language Future


The Urdu Language FutureUncertainty encompasses the future of the language and if events continue in the same path they are currently headed, Urdu will soon be forgotten. The term, Urdu, may remain in use but to refer to a language almost completely different from what it was before. It would be more appropriate to label it as an English or Hindi derivative.



The government of Musharraf has made English as the compulsory language to be taught in Pakistan. Urdu literature has lost its popularity there and the number of students in advanced Urdu studies is decreasing by the year.



As Bollywood spreads in popularity, the Hindustani (mix between Hindi, English, and Urdu) also gains prestige. Most people view Hindi films through VCDs available on the black market. Recently, two Indian films (dealing with Muslim accomplishments in the Southern Asia) have been given permission to be shown in Pakistani theatres. These are just the initial steps of what is to come.



The future lies in the hands of the government and ministers in charge of education and law. Sellers of VCDs that promote indecency should be banned from selling after given sufficient warning. Classical Urdu (advanced) should be compulsory to all students along with some knowledge of Arabic (so to understand the Qur’an). The understanding of Arabic in the Qur’an will also pave a way to eliminate ignorance in the society which will in turn stop extremism and terrorism at its roots. Only students who chose fields in which English is necessary (to read textbooks and research) should be taught English at advanced levels. For the long term, projects should be initiated to translate English books on sciences into the Urdu language.



Religious schools (دینی مدارس) should be used as educational institutions through which Pakistan can raise their literacy rates. Just by having the ability to read the script from the Qur’an, people will be literate to some extent to read Urdu as well. Proper organization with a system of teaching in each Masaajid (Places of worship) will enable the country to become civilized.

The need for a central organization for the preservation and education of the Urdu language remains. Perhaps one day people shall realize the need and make the initiative. Until then it is up to individuals to educate about a language that may be soon forgotten.

A Brief History of Urdu languages

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A Brief History of Urdu languages


A Brief History of Urdu languages

A Brief History of Urdu languages
Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, was created around the 1600’s in Central Asia. The word ‘Urdu’ comes from the Turkish word ‘ordu’ meaning ‘camp’ or ‘army’. It was used as a unifying communication tool between the Muslim soldiers during their conquest of Ancient India (including Countries east until Myanmar) and Eastern Persia. These soldiers were of Persian, Arab, or Turkish descent. The majority of the soldiers, however, were of Persian origin. This directly affected the language to be used between them. The language of the government and that which dominated earlier on was Farsi, but eventually changed to Urdu to accommodate the other races. Despite the fact, Urdu vocabulary contains approximately 70% Farsi and the rest being a mix of Arabic and Turkish. The grammar takes some elements from Farsi and Arabic but also has elements that are unique and different from all three of its mother tongues. In current times, however, many Urdu speakers have adopted many English and Hindi terms following the effects of globalization and the success of Bollywood, the Indian film industry, in Pakistan.



The purpose of this site is to inform viewers about the history, current situation, and future of the Urdu language. Further information can be found on the other pages by clicking the tabs located at the top of this page.

Main Urdu Bazaar ISLAMABAD

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Main Urdu Bazaar ISLAMABAD


Main Urdu Bazaar  ISLAMABAD
Saeed Book Bank: ISLAMABAD OFFICE & SHOWROOM : Al-Rehman Centre, F-7 Markaz, Jinnah Super, Islamabad, Pakistan. Phone: 92-51-2651656,57,58 Fax: 92-51-2651660 Post Box: 515, Post Mall, F-7, Islamabad.
PESHAWAR OFFICE & SHOWROOM : Arbab Road, Peshawar Cantt. Pakistan.Phone 92-91-273761, 285724, Fax: 92-91-275801, 274081 Post Box : 43, G.P.O., Peshawar Cantt, Pakistan.
Mr. Books –10-D, Super Market, Islamabad Tel: 051-2278845-2278843
Book City Super Market, Islamabad Tel: 051-2877557
Book Fair Jinnah Super Market Islamabad Tel: o51-2651116-2650080
London Book Company Cohosar Market F-6 Islamabad Tel: o51-2823852
Book Traders Jinnah Super Market Islamabad Tel: o51-22650194
Main Urdu Bazaar  ISLAMABAD

Urdu Bazaar In Karachi Pakistan

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Urdu Bazaar In Karachi Pakistan


Urdu Bazaar In Karachi Pakistan




Urdu Bazaar In Karachi Pakistan
Urdu Bazaar In Karachi Pakistan
Welcome Book Port – Main Urdu Bazaar – Karachi – Tel: 021-2633151, (92) 21 4545885
Liberty Books – Sana Heaven, MACHS Roundabout, Karachi – Tel: 021-4384855
Liberty Books – Park Towers (A-11), Clifton, Karachi – Tel: 021-5832525
Pak book agency urdu bazar Karachi
Sheikh sons’ urdu bazar Karachi
National book sellers urdu bazar Karachi
Saleem book depot urdu bazar Karachi
Punjab book house urdu bazar Karachi
Afzal book company sader Karachi
Royal book company rex center zail-u-nisa street sader Karachi

Urdu Bazaar In Lahore Pakistan

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Urdu Bazaar In Lahore Pakistan


Urdu Bazaar In Lahore Pakistan



Fact Publications 14/B Ali Plaza Second Floor Temple Road Lahore, Pakistan Tel:042-8460228, 042-8478278, Cell: 0321-6301035-6
Urdu Bazaar In Lahore Pakistan
Tayeb Publishers 5 Ghazani Street Urdu Bazar Lahore- Tel: 042-7241778
Nigarshat 24 Mozang Road Lahore Tel: 7322892 Fax: 042-7354205
Froaz sons 60-the mall Lahore Tel: 042-111626262 Fax: 042-6369204
Ilmo Irafan Publishers 10 Urdu Bazar Lahore
Haq publishers Sayeed plaza chetregy road Lahore Tel: 042-7220631
Mushtaq Book Corner Urdu Bazar Lahore
Variety Books - 1, Commercial Zone, Liberty, Lahore – Tel: 5758355
Multiline Books Shop - 3, Ahmed Mansion, Regal Chowk – Tel: 7353564
Maktaba Rashidia - 25 Lower Mall, Lahore – Tel: 7111899
Elite Book Centre - 6 the Mall, Lahore – Tel: 7232121
Urdu Bazaar In Lahore Pakistan