In search of ‘Dakhni’

We are more or less familiar with Urdu; its genesis, its spread, its trajectory of development. But seldom it is that the production of a language is without excesses, spill overs. These as we encounter are dialects, as varied and differentiable as the language itself. For people who live or have visited the Deccan at least once, Dakhni might sound familiar. This off shoot of Urdu has long developed as an independent dialect, with its own inflections and distinct motifs in the southern part of India which rests upon the Deccan plateau. Often subject to ridicule and banter as a lowly language, the legacy it carries offer way much more than petty ethical displeasure. Noted historian Narendra Luther explores. 

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