If you think urdu is one of the main Indian languages, then I am really sorry to say, you know nothing of India despite the Brits having ruled India for a good 190 years.HINDI is the national language and is spoken by a majority of the people in India (mainly most northern provinces). This is because Urdu is a language that is a cross breed of Persian and Hindi and spoken only by Muslims in their day to day usage. Hindus, who form close to 90% of India's population don't speak urdu. True, that there are many regional languages but the fact is that Hindi is understood by one and all (barring 4 states in the Southern India).Urdu is the national language of Pakistan.....though there are Muslims in India who speak urdu, very few speak urdu in its chaste form and only use some urdu words interspersed with Hindi.So if in India, learn HINDI- not Urdu and yes.....I have seen many Brits speak it in a way that is easily understood by us- not at all difficult.As far as working in financial services here is concerned, no one prevents you from working as an analyst and performing valuations or working for consultants...just that when it comes to day trading, you may lose out on the language part, which is why people may not hire you.Also, when it comes to recruiting western born Indians, I have personally not seen any such case of them being discriminated against at all if they know Hindi well and have good communication skills.
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on September 15th, 2008, 10:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.