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Breathing new life into Urdu

This Above all
Breathing new life into Urdu
KHUSHWANT SINGH

There are two notions about the future of Urdu in India that need a second examination: Urdu is fast dying out and it is exclusively the language of Muslims. There is no doubt that there has been a steep decline in the use of Urdu since Independence, but it is by no means near extinction. What is dying out rapidly is the use of the Arabic script in which it is usually written. At the same time, it is being regenerated by use of Devnagri and Gurmukhi in northern India. A telling couplet by Rashid aptly sums up its status:

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Keeping The Words Alive

THIS ABOVE ALL -KHUSHWANT SINGH

There are two notions about the future of Urdu in India that need a second examination: Urdu is fast dying out and it is exclusively the language of Muslims. There is no doubt that there has been a steep decline in the use of Urdu since Independence, but it is by no means near extinction. What is dying out rapidly is the use of the Arabic script in which it is usually written. At the same time, it is being regenerated by the use of Devanagari and Gurmukhi in northern India. A telling couplet by Rashid aptly sums up its status:

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Ranu Uniyal’s Poetic Stories Weaved in Time

- Aju Mukhopadhyay

The learned professor of a university, Ranu Uniyal, is a scholar and has published some scholarly books besides some edited ones. Her first book of poems,Across the Divide ,was published in 2006. December Poems is the second volume of her poetry collection, published in 2012. Though December is a very cold month in Lucknow, a north Indian town, there are reasons for her to celebrate this month for jubilation in her life.

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