Ending dependence on Urdu fonts developed by Pakistan, India has developed its own fonts for use on personal computers and mobile phones, benefiting 15 crore Urdu speaking people in the country.
"We were thinking of this last many years and making effort to take Urdu language to people with help of technology. We have delivered it today. Urdu language is deep rooted in Indian culture. Indian history is connected with Urdu language. Inqilaab Zindabad slogan connected every one," Telecom and IT Minister Kapil Sibal said here.
Developed under Department of Electronics and IT, these fonts would be available free of cost for public use.
The font has been developed in two categories- Naskh and Nastaaliq. Naksh, though cursive, is linear in nature. Each letter joins the next movingright to left.
Nastaaliq font moves bothright to left and verticallytop to bottom with the 'nukte' or dots conforming to a strict placement order.
"We were using Urdu but being in India we were taking Pakistan's favour."
"We were using Urdu, Republic of Pakistan butwhen we will install this Urdu font it will appear as Urdu India," National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language Director Khwaja Mohammed Ikram said.
He said globally there are 30 crore Urdu speaking people while India alone has 15 crore of them.
The fonts launched today are compatible Microsoft and Android platform.