The Dehalvi Wikimedia Community User Group was a Wikimedia user group dedicated to the Urdu Wikimedians in India. "Dehli" is the Urdu form of Delhi - India's Capital and the home to legendary Urdu poets such as Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib and Dagh Dehalvi and also one of the principal cities of Urdu in India.
The group hosts edit-a-thons and events to promote Urdu Wikimedia projects in India.
Dehalvi Wikimedia User Group aims to sharing news, advice, and resources via talk page discussion. We encourage all people to start discussions on the talk page if they would like to:
Urdu Wikimedia is perhaps the only Indian language Wikimedia Project to host three consecutive foreign collaboration projects so far:
These are in addition to active participation in Project Tiger Editathon 2018, Project Tiger Editathon 2019, Wikipedia Asian Month and many such activities where the community has actively participated.
Reasons and justification
As per Government of India Census data of 2001, the total number of Urdu speakers in India were 81,061,078 and as per report of 2001, the total number of Urdu speakers in India were 51,536,111 (of which 51,533,954 spoke Urdu and 2,157 other dialects such as Bhojpuri, Maithili, Awadhi, Magadhi & many other forms of Hindustani.
Urdu is officially recognised in India and has official status in the National Capital Territory of Delhi to which the language has remained deeply attached through its medieval history of Muslim Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Empire, and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir. Urdu is widely used by population segments in other states where it does not have official status such as Maharashtra, which is home to the largest number of Urdu medium schools in India. Hence having a separate user group to promote Urdu Wikimedia projects in India will definitely help in further promoting Urdu Wikimedia projects in India.