Hindustani language

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Hindustani in Devanagari, Nastaliq and Kaithi.png
The word Hindustani in Devanagari, Nastaliq and Kaithi scripts
Native toPakistan, India. Various based on religion.
Native speakers
240 million[1]
Second language: 165 million (1999)[2]
Total: 490 million (2006)[3]
Standard forms
Perso-Arabic (Urdu alphabet)
Devanagari (Hindi and Urdu alphabets)
Bharati Braille (Hindi and Urdu)
Kaithi (historical)
Official status
Official language in
 Pakistan (as Urdu)
 India (as Hindi and Urdu)
Regulated byCentral Hindi Directorate (Hindi, India),[4]
National Language Authority, (Urdu, Pakistan);
National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (Urdu, India)[5]
Language codes
ISO 639-1hi, ur
ISO 639-2hin, urd
ISO 639-3Either:
hin – Standard Hindi
urd – Urdu
Linguasphere59-AAF-qa to -qf

Hindustani is a language. It is made up of the common parts of Hindi and Urdu. Hindi and Urdu have similar grammar, but somewhat different vocabulary and different scripts. it was identified with Urdu, in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, and then it makes another form of Hindustani, named Hindi for Hindus.


  1. Standard Hindi: 180 million India (1991). Urdu: 48 million India (1997), 11 million Pakistan (1993). Ethnologue 16.
  2. 120 million Standard Hindi (1999), 45 million Urdu (1999). Ethnologue 16.
  3. BBC: A Guide to Urdu
  4. The Central Hindi Directorate regulates the use of Devanagari script and Hindi spelling in India. Source: Central Hindi Directorate: Introduction
  5. National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language