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Jun 16, 2009
08:13 AM
I can read and write urdu and my father had his primary education in urdu. In fact even now he can read and write urdu more fluently than hindi. When he visited me in the US for the first time, he curiously read Pakistani newspapers available at the Desi grocery stores. He was so turned off by the negative propaganda against India that he never bought them again. Likewise, the Pakistanis may think that much of the Indian newspaper is full of anti-Pakistan propaganda. I feel that only by looking at things through each other's eyes can we find some common ground. By the way, another point to ponder: In India you may find many people who can read and write urdu, but has anyone heard of anybody from Pakistan who can read hindi (or any Indian language)?
Albany, NY, United States
Jun 16, 2009
11:02 AM
Open up borders with pakistan ("Opening the border to greater trade can do no harm; a billion dollars or two of aid for spending on Indian goods may create a bit of goodwill");"if a few million Indians learnt Urdu and started reading Pakistani newspapers,...That would give Pakistan a new source of export earnings". Wow, and maybe handover kashmir to pakistan !!! Who funded this study, the ISI!!
Noida, India
Jun 16, 2009
03:59 PM
There is a simpler way of developing friendship betwee the two countries. All that you have to do is to make travel between the two countries easier, most of their misunderstandings about India will disappear
auckland, New Zealand
Jun 16, 2009
04:21 PM
Forget Hindi, Urdu etc. Language divides as much as it unites.
The real thing is trade. Trade makes people interdependent and vitally interested in the good health of the partner.
Moreover,the lands of North India were on the trade route between Dhaka/Calcutta and Karachi/Surat. People of this land benefited most from the trade which allowed their produce a well established market on both ends. Partition led to cutting off of both these evacuation ends- Dhaka as well as Karachi. Capture of Tibet by China and subsequent war between India and China stopped trade towards north. Calcutta was finished by Communists.
A very well connected land became land-locked.
As such suddenly in 50's and early 60's traders and producers of these areas became bereft of growth opportunity and had to look for newer markets towards Central and South India.
A prosperous region slowly lost steam and people who insisted on trading along the earlier routes suddenly began getting called smugglers, criminals and traitors. Muslims of North India were the most affected.
Growth of Mumbai owes a lot to this dynamics which led to money, trade and rich people to move towards Mumbai in 60's.
Anyway, the point I wish to make is trade will help India and Indians much more than Pakistan and restore prosperity to the Indo-Gangetic plains-reducing the pressure on Mumbai too as a bonus.

This must be done on priority.
Atul Chandra
Jun 16, 2009
06:53 PM
My mother recently renewed her long standing appeal to me to learn Urdu (reading at least), so that we could correspond more naturally (now we do so in English) and she could then give me much of the fine Urdu Literature which she has so painstakingly compiled.

I can read Urdu, albeit haltingly, joining alphabet to alphabet to be able to read slowly.
Muslim for Reform
Nashik, India
Jun 17, 2009
12:26 AM
It seems the author is not well informed about Indo-pak history. India has already offered pakistan a prefered trading partneship years back. However, pakistan never took advantage of it or reciprocated this gesture. It is well known that Pakistani governmants actively block open trade ideas with India. It does not even permit India to send goods/relief material to Afghanistan through Pakistan. The idea of Indians learnign urdu to get pakistanis more friendly is really unique, on the funny side though.
Abhik Ray Chaudhury
Columbus, United States
Jun 17, 2009
09:02 PM
Learning Urdu if that pleases Pakistani people and media is not a bad idea at all. Emphasis should be on cultural exchanges, people-to-people contact and trade.
R.K. Vohra
Washington, D.C., USA
Jun 18, 2009
03:28 PM
Please do not expect pakistanis to learn hindi, as it is a kaffir's language.. that will be too much to ask.. they will rather learn chinese, or worse case may be russian, but never hindi.. pakistnis will go to a great length to harm Indians even if that means they will lose as well..
london, United Kingdom
Jun 18, 2009
03:31 PM
the problem with pakistanis are they mix religion with language, in fact they mix religion with everything. If anything does not smell of Islam, most of them are not interested.. I have seen many Sikhs reading urdu papers, but never a pakistani reading hindi papers.. No wonder they are a bigoted lot, and a pariah in the western world..
london, United Kingdom
Jun 20, 2009
10:31 AM
Its easy to hate a large group of people, but when people meet just as people and not representatives of their country its politics or policies, they tend to get along fine; as do majority Indians and Pakistani's wherever they meet.

correction: the last census was carried out in 1998, and the next is due later this year.
karachi, pakistan
Jan 01, 2010
06:16 PM
Why should anyone mix up urdu with Pakistan and Muslims.Urdu was born in India,it one of the youngest languages of the world.Urdu is a turkish word meaning barracks,it is due to interaction of soldiers of different races turks,persians,arabs and local indians, that Urdu was born,it is a pity that the language is literally dying in the country of its birth.
jameel mohd ali
madina, Saudi Arabia
Jan 01, 2010
06:43 PM
It was just one vote of Dr.Rajendra Prasad, the first president of India, which denied Urdu being declared the national language of India.
ahmad pasha
long island, United States
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