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A term used by the British to designate Khaṛī bolī (H.), a dialect of the Delhi region, which became India's lingua franca for purposes of trade. In the 19th century its usage was divided on religious grounds into what became, at Partition, the ‘separate’ ‘national’ languages of Hindi (India) and Urdū (Pakistan).

Subjects: Hinduism.


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