- Apr 2015
no mate, im not sure about hindi even the common words in urdu have a lot of persian words, i do know that there are a lot of both persian and prakrit words in urdu for instance suraj/shams, chand/qamar, aag/atish, but still if we subtract the persian words for which we have prakrit word there are aweful lot of persian words for which there simply isnt any prakritic substitute. There were also persian words which were especially constructed for indian subcontinent use, for instance pajama, darbar/court etc, durbar is a word which is even used in nepal which had no islamic occupation like their durbar square, durbar is a word not attested in persian language itself and has been formed by two persian words like dar for door. All this seem to indicate persian seeping through prakrit for a long period of time, durbar is also attested first in pre mughal era of tughlaq sultanate, so you dont try to blame mughals for this. There are also minor attestation of prakrit seeping through persian for instance kurtah, which is a sanskrit word, it is thought that kurtah is simply persian word loaned in prakrit but i think its the other way around. pajama was constructed in india and was adopted by persians, so there is even an evidence a persian word being constructed moving westward into its native persia. Persian language was also adopted by the sikh empire, why would they do it, if no for persian becoming an elite language not only for the muslims but also for the non muslims of ISC?