In the course of history we have observed a great paradigm shift during 19th and 20th century in the social, Moral, philosophical and political phenomena of the Indian subcontinent. Urdu, being the lingua franca of the region has suffered the most in this course as it was first used politically to eliminate the Persian from the domains of powers and the offices and then made the language of subordinates by deviding the education system English and vernacular streams. After independence it was expected that Urdu will be given the status of National language and will be used in domains of powers but unfortunately it could not happen due to certain reasons. This essay focusses on the impact of this paradigm shift on Urdu language in Pakistan and is an effort to answer the question that why Urdu, in spite of being the national language of the country, could never become the language of the corridors of the domains of power and remained an unimportant ritual and an unwanted song to be sung by the people whose voice is not loud enough to be heard where the decisions are made. In the 21st century we are facing even worst situation when globalization has changed the paradigm once again and new generations have gone further away from the position they were in. The essay concentrates on the core reasons that effected the social and political status of the Urdu language during this period of time.
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