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Once upon a Language

Peggy Mohan
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 30, No. 9 (Mar. 4, 1995), pp. 423-424
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4402436
Page Count: 2
Topics: Scripts
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Abstract

Literary Urdu is not adapted, in India, for modern discourse of a technical nature. So you choose: if it is emotional it will be in Urdu; if it is scientific it will be in Hindi; if it absolutely must be in common 'Hindustani', it will be trivial and depthless. You mustn't jump from branch to branch of this language tree. But intuition and fearlessness have a way of cutting through these man-made strictures.

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