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Urdu Ranks 11th In The World’s Most Spoken Languages

Justice Manmeet Pritam Singh Arora. 29

Urdu, often celebrated for its exquisite charm, has ascended to become the 11th most spoken language worldwide, boasting a staggering 1.632 billion speakers. This language of elegance and grace extends its influence far beyond its South Asian roots, gaining popularity in countries like the UK, USA, France, and Germany, not to mention its presence in the Gulf region. 


Urdu’s reach also extends to Guyana, Mauritius, Nepal, and South Africa. Remarkably, it stands as the national language of Pakistan while playing a pivotal regional role in Nepal. Furthermore, in India, Urdu finds a strong foothold, ranking as the seventh most spoken language with over 80 million speakers. Recognized as one of India’s 22 official languages, Urdu enjoys official status in several states and territories, including Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Delhi, with special recognition in Jammu and Kashmir.

The History of the Urdu Language. | Library of Congress

Urdu’s meteoric rise to become the 11th most spoken language globally is a testament to its captivating allure. The language’s melodic sound and poetic richness have enchanted people across borders, making it a cherished linguistic gem with an astonishing 1.632 billion speakers worldwide.

While Urdu’s origins lie in South Asia, it has transcended geographical boundaries to gain a global presence. Nations such as the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and Germany have witnessed a surge in interest and usage of Urdu. Its melodious intonations and expressive vocabulary have found admirers in distant lands, testifying to the universality of its appeal.

In India, Urdu holds a prominent position, ranking as the seventh most spoken language according to the 2011 census. Over 80 million Indians converse in Urdu, reflecting its deep-rooted presence. Moreover, Urdu enjoys recognition as one of India’s 22 official languages, demonstrating its integral role in the country’s linguistic fabric. 

States and territories such as Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Delhi grant Urdu official status, reaffirming its importance in various regions. In the picturesque region of Jammu and Kashmir, Urdu holds a special place as an official language, underscoring its cultural significance.

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The appeal of Urdu goes beyond mere communication; it encapsulates a rich tapestry of poetry, literature, and cultural traditions. Its ability to transcend borders and languages speaks to the universal allure of its lyrical beauty and depth. As Urdu continues to capture the hearts of millions worldwide, its status as the 11th most spoken language cements its position as a global linguistic treasure.


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