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Urdu in India

Like other languages once spoken by former dominant elites the world over, Urdu has suffered a decline in India since independence. But Urdu can draw lessons from those languages that have not only survived but even flourished. The primary onus for Urdu's rejuvenation, however, lies on Urdu speakers themselves.

'Once Were Languages'

India has a large number of non-English languages and dialects that are still thriving. However, these languages exist in a sector strongly associated with poverty, and with a failure of access to the open-ended world of modernity. But as India's poor enter a more empowered space they will sacrifice any languages that only expressed an era of poverty and helplessness. And, in exchange, people will be able to talk to each other as equals for the first time.
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