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Roman Hindi-Urdu is already in vogue and the newer generations are all comfortable using it on web, IMs and SMS -Indians & Pakistanis send over 100Million SMSs daily in Roman-. Some specific arguments are;

  1. Too much money and efforts are being wasted trying to address one of the two scripts. The extreme Hindi-Urdu digraphia essentially means doing the same thing twice! Font support, content production is always limited to one or the other script. With the neutralized Roman script, Hamari Boli will serve both Devanagari and Nastaliq readers thus freeing resources which can be pooled to produce much greater and better content. For example, a Hamari Boli Wikipedia!
  2. By neutralizing the script, Hamari Boli will solve the illegibility problem and will make written Hindi-Urdu perfectly mutually legible thus making the works of Hindi and Urdu writers accessible to readers across both sides of the border.
  3. Any kind of text based open source collaboration is IMPOSSIBLE between Devanagari & Nastaliq readers until and unless Hindi-Urdu is romanized
  4. The difficulty of writing: The QWERTY keyboards are designed specifically for Roman Alphabet, it is very difficult to type Nastaliq and Devanagari.
  5. Since both Nastaliq and Devanagari are calligraphic styles, they suffer from legibility problems on computer/mobile screens.
  6. Young generations: Both in India and Pakistan, the younger generations are all comfortable using Roman for electronic communication (Internet/SMS) and increasingly in writing.
  7. Diaspora Desis: There are well over 50Million immigrants from the sub-continent around the world. Many later generation Desis can understand Hindi-Urdu very well but can’t read or write in default scripts.

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