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This volume breaks new ground on the issue of the Urdu language with the backdrop of language politics in the post- and pre- Partition eras. It is a compilation of essays and commentaries by seventeen renowned Urdu literateurs, scholars of social science, and lovers of the Urdu language and its literature.This seminal volume of essays on the status of the Urdu language since partition examines the problems faced by Urdu and the future of its survival as a functional language in India. It forwards the argument that this once-secular language has now been denigrated to only the Muslim population--it survives merely as a medium of religious instruction in madrasas. This has brought the functionality of the language in the common Indian civic space into question and has given it communal overtones. These essays, by seventeen renowned Urdu litterateurs, speak against such reductionism. They look forward to the integration of Urdu into the educational curriculum as a Modern Indian Language and provide workable solutions for the same. This would also pave the way for a better assimilation of the minority Muslims into the mainstream fabric of India, by promoting a more liberal and modern outlook in the community. Redefining Urdu Politics in India is a significant contribution towards giving Urdu its rightful place alongside other regional Indian languages and the dissemination of education to all sections of the Indian Muslim community.
This volume breaks new ground on the issue of the Urdu language with the backdrop of language politics in the post- and pre- Partition eras. It is a compilation of essays and commentaries by seventeen renowned Urdu literateurs, scholars of social science, and lovers of the Urdu language and its literature.
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is a freelance writer with a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
Table of Contents
Preface, Salman Khurshid
Introduction to the Paperback Edition, Ather Farouqui
Introduction, Ather Farouqui
Part One: Contextualizing Urdu
1. Urdu: Between Rights and the Nation, Pratap Bhanu Mehta
2. Language, Legitimation, and the Identity Status of Urdu and Muslims, Yogendra Singh
3. Urdu in India in the Twenty-First Century, Barbara D. Metcalf
4. Strategies for the Survival of Formerly Dominant Languages (With Special Reference to Urdu), Theodore P. Wright, Jr.
Part Two: Urdu and Identity Politics
5. Madrasas and the Making of Muslim Identity, Arjumand Ara
6. The Communalization and Disintegration of Urdu in Anita Desai's In Custody, Amina Yaqin
7. The Destiny of Urdu in Independent India: Language and Muslim Identity, Daniela Bredi
8. Whither Urdu? Language, Community, and Power in India Today, Kelly Pemberton
Part Three: Civic Space, Education, and Urdu
9. A Trinity without a Church: Urdu Language, Urdu Education in India, and Muslim Indians, Syed Shahabuddin
10. Urdu Education in India: An Overview, Ather Farouqui
11. A Foreigner's Reflections on the Status of Urdu and Urdu Education in India, Christina Oesterheld
12. The Wardha Scheme of Basic Education and the Urdu Medium, Kerrin Gräfin von Schwerin
13. Urdu in India: Its Present State, and the Way Forward, Hasan Abdullah
14. Living with Urdu, Living without Urdu, J. S. Gandhi
Part Four: Minority Language and Community--Legal Concerns
15. Education for Linguistic Minorities: The Legal Framework, Fali S. Nariman
16. Minorities in the Twenty-First Century, Soli J. Sorabjee
17. Legal Aspects of Minority Languages, Yogesh Tyagi
Appendix 1: Delhi Urdu Conference
Appendix 2: Valedictory Address