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Hindustani

A lingua franca sometimes referred to as Hindi/Urdu

This is one of the examples of "it depends on what you count" when trying to determine which are the most widely spoken languages. If you count Hindi and Urdu as two separate languages, then there are more people who speak Bengali.

Hindi
Hindi translation of "May Peace Prevail on Earth"

Hindustani is the third most widely spoken (but not written) language in the world if you lump Hindi and Urdu together and call them Hindustani. The common parts of their origins create an oral dialect that is used as a trade language throughout north India and Pakistan. But the uncommon parts of their heritages are odds when it comes to writing it down. When writing, people over a certain age go back either to Hindi or Urdu which are very different when written. The youngest speakers of Hindustani use the Roman alphabet in order to better use computers, texting and the Internet.

"Sarveshaam Shantir Bhavatu"

We could make that an alternative to either Urdu or Hindi, but there is the fact of how dead set against that are some older generations.

Urdu
Urdu translation of "May Peace Prevail on Earth."

The Constitution of India declares Hindi as the official language of their Union. In Pakistan the official language is Urdu. There are roughly 780 languages and dialects spoken in India alone requiring that people be multi-lingual (fifty years ago it was a thousand). For 900 million of the people among them Hindi is one of their native languages. That is roughly one sixth of the people in the world speaking Hindi. So we defer to Hindi for the written form of Hindustani at this time when using classical alphabets.

Bengali
Bengali translation of "May Peace Prevail on Earth"

However, if you would like something that can be texted to all speakers of Hindustani, one third of the people in the world, here is a Roman alphabet translation of "May we not hate each other," not a bad sentiment to put on any kind of pole.

Maa vidvishhaavahai

One argument in favor of using Roman alphabet translations of languages is that anyone in the world with a smart phone can type it in to see a wealth of information about it and the people who speak it and even find a translation of "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in the classical alphabet of the language.

Part of a mantra in Hinduism is

"Sarveshaam Shantir Bhavatu"

which means "May we all attain peace." I'm not sure how people in Pakistan would feel about that being used for Hindustani. I'll have to find someone from Pakistan who can speak on that. Either way it would be speaking for a very large percentage of the people on earth in a Roman alphabet version of their language.

I'll be happy to put whatever version you choose on your peace pole.

Where a language belongs on the list of most widely spoken languages depends on what you count.

Some of my text may be outside the box. . . Hey, I'm an artist.