Diverse Languages Spoken in Delhi and an Insight Into the Place’s Cultural Significance


Delhi is probably one of the few cities in the world where one can clearly see the old-world charm and modern technology co-existing peacefully with each other. Being the haven of opportunities, Delhi has been witnessing lots of people from various parts of the country choosing to settle down here. This explains the variety of languages spoken in Delhi today. Hindi is not only the official language of India, but also the most commonly spoken language in the national capital. The accent, vernacular styles and the dialect of Hindi may vary according to the religion and the community to which the citizens of Delhi belong to.

Delhi has been the favourite place of many historic Mughal emperors which is the reason why there are many historic monuments of excellent Persian and Islamic architectural patterns in many places. Due to the high number of Muslim population in Delhi, Urdu is the next common language in Delhi. This is extensively spoken in Delhi. Many people from the neighbouring state of Punjab have settled down in Delhi for business and commercial purposes, which is why Punjabi is the next common language being spoken here. Delhi being a hot tourist destination in the country with its brilliant monuments and a proud history, most of the locals of Delhi are quite well versed in English, which is why tourists from foreign countries do not have any problems in moving around the city. People from the South and East of India as well have made Delhi their abode because the place is brimming with immense potential. Therefore, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Konkani, Assamese, Oriya, Nepali, Marathi, Sindhi and other Indian language-speaking people are found scattered all over the place. In spite of many languages spoken in Delhi, the people of Delhi are bound by a common thread of unity and love for the place.

Demographic structure of Delhi

The population in Delhi is increasing phenomenally with every passing year. This staggering growth rate has made Delhi, the second most populated city in the world among all the urban agglomerations, second only to Karachi. It is also the largest city in India in terms of area occupied. According to recent statistics, there are about 17.8 million people living in Delhi. This value is for the year 2014 and in just two months of this year, the population has grown immensely from what it was during the whole year of 2013, that is, 17.1 million. Around 86% of the people in Delhi are literates. The sex ratio is pretty decent with around 866 females for every 1000 males.

Hinduism is the most common religion followed by the population in Delhi. Hindus in Delhi are from many parts of the country which may bring about a slight variation of the customs and practices followed by them; however the basic faith is the same. Islam, Sikhism and Christianity are the other common religions followed in Delhi. The infrastructure in Delhi is so brilliant and the facilities are so attractive that many people continue to be addicted to the city. By the year 2025, Delhi’s population is expected to reach a whopping figure of 28.6million.

One of the main reasons as to why Delhi is a hot spot for people is the excellent transport system of the city. Metro rails, buses, trains, cabs and cars are available in large numbers for commuting within Delhi. These facilities are on par with international standards and offer full value for money which is why lots of people settle down in Delhi, braving the extreme climatic conditions and the heavy traffic jams of the place.

Source by Arjun Jaiswal


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