The Urdu —English Controversy in Pakistan

  title={The Urdu —English Controversy in Pakistan},
  author={Tariq Rahman},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={177 - 207}
  • T. Rahman
  • Published 1 February 1997
  • Economics
  • Modern Asian Studies
Pakistan is an ideologically inspired state and Urdu was a part of this ideology. During the development of Muslim separatism in British India it had become a symbol of Muslim identity and was the chief rival of Hindi, the symbol of Hindu identity (Brass, 1974: 119–81. Thus, after partition it was not surprising that the Muslim polemical and methodologically unreliable books. Some of them are, indeed, part of the pro-Urdu campaign by such official institutions as the National Language Authority… 
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