- Ahmer Kureishi
On my Own
Let us bridge the great Urdu-Hindi divide (caused by the two registers using mutually illegible scripts)!
Urdu-Hindi is the third or second most widely spoken language in the world - following Mandarin and possibly English.
Urdu and Hindi are the two standardized registers of this language. Unfortunately, they use mutually illegible scripts.
* Urdu uses a right-to-left script derived from the Persian alphabet, and has strong Pakistani and Muslim associations
* Hindi uses the left-to-right Devanagari script, and is strongly associated with India and Hindus
A third script, Roman, is widely used for Internet chatting, SMS, etc. It is the only script known to most Desi diaspora.
Here's an idea atowards bridging this divide - through a three-way transliteration engine working under the hood of web
portals, social networks, blogging platforms, etexts and readers, etc.
This idea has huge potential to bring about change by enabling greater people-to-people discourse and cross-fertilization
of ideas. A presentation here (http://bit.ly/iBridge) lays out the idea in some more detail.
Your comments, views and suggestions are (cordially :)) invited.