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DAKHNI: SIMPLIFIER



  Jun 01, 2024

DAKHNI: SIMPLIFIER



WHAT IS DAKHNI?
Dakhni is a language that shares the Perso-Arabic script with Urdu and Farsi. It is prevalent across the Deccan plateau, particularly in Hyderabad. Variants of Dakhni are spoken in Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

WHY IS DAKHNI SIGNIFICANT?
Dakhni has historical and cultural significance. It has been a language of the common people since medieval times, with loan words from Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi. Sufis used Dakhni to connect with both Muslims and Hindus in the Deccan region. The language is known for its humour, sarcasm, and bluntness.

DAKHNI IN POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

Recent Elections: During the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana, Dakhni was prominently used in political campaigns.

Political Leaders: Prime Minister Modi and Asaduddin Owaisi used Dakhni phrases like "nakko" (no) to connect with the local population.

Cultural References: Politicians also incorporated Dakhni poetry into their speeches, adapting works of poets like Mohammed Ghouse ‘Khamakha’ and Hari Singh for political rhetoric.

POPULARITY AND MEDIA

Film Influence: The 2005 comedy film The Angrez popularized Dakhni but also caricatured it.

Social Media: Dakhni content creators on platforms like Instagram have further popularized the language, sometimes bordering on caricature.

Music: Dakhni rappers like Pasha Bhai have brought the language into the spotlight, asserting its cultural significance and identity.

CHALLENGES AND IDENTITY

Mischaracterization: Dakhni is often mischaracterized as a dialect of Urdu. However, efforts are being made to distinguish it as a unique language.

Cultural Campaigns: History and heritage enthusiasts in Hyderabad are working to preserve and promote Dakhni.

CONCLUSION

The use of Dakhni in political campaigns and media indicates its enduring presence and cultural importance. As a language of the common people, it continues to evolve and assert its place in the socio-political landscape.


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