Deccani, Hindustani, and Urdu
This chapter examines the question of the Urdu language and the modernizing agendas of the Muslim intellectuals associated with Osmania University by taking a closer look at their activities outside the domain of the university proper, in Urdu-language organizations and as literary scholars. It first considers the politics of the Urdu language and its relationship to place before turning to two Urdu organizations headquartered within the boundaries of Hyderabad: the Anjuman-i Taraqqī-i Urdu (Organization for the Advancement of Urdu) and the Idāra-i Adabiyāt-i Urdu (Institution for Urdu Literature). In particular, it discusses the two organizations' connection to the Deccan. It also explores the history of Urdu literature and Mohiuddin Qadri Zore's assertion that Deccani has as much claim to Hindustani language as do Hindi and Urdu. Finally, it looks at Urdu's position with the question of Indian nationalism.
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