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Hindustani

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The word "Hindustani" is an adjective used to denote a connection to India, or, more precisely, the historical region that encompasses Northern India, Pakistan, and nearby areas. The Mughal Empire and its predecessor sultanate were also referred to as Hindustan, or Salthanat-e-Hind.

In common usage, the word could mean:

  • Hindustani language
  • The genre and classical music from the northern part of India and Pakistan.
  • A person to with cultural or ethnic/genetic roots in the Indian subcontinent. (e.g. A West Indian with such roots might describe his ethnicity by saying he is Hindustani.)
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