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The Urdu-English Controversy in Pakistan Author(s): Tariq Rahman Source: Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Feb., 1997), pp. 177-207 Published by: Cambridge University Press Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/312861 . Accessed: 02/03/2011 04:06
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Modern Asian Studies31, 1 (1997), pp. 177-207. Printed in Great Britain

The Urdu-English Controversy Pakistan in
TARIQ RAHMAN National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University

I. Introduction 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:



References: TARIQ RAHMAN eral framework of the theory of elite rule (Pareto, 1935; Mosca, 1939; Mills, 1956), the controversy is seen as part of the conflict for power and resources between the ruling elite and the proto-elite because they were lacking in strong organizational development ' (1979: 115). Since THE URDU-ENGLISH which despised Bengali (Murshid, 1985: 131) also echoed the senti-

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