Talk:Indian martial arts

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Former good article nominee Indian martial arts was a good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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Shastar vidya, a dying art[edit]

Here is a citation that can be added to the article; the first paragraph states:

"A former factory worker from the British Midlands may be the last living master of the centuries-old Sikh battlefield art of shastar vidya. The father of four is now engaged in a full-time search for a successor."

The citation:

{{cite news
|title=The only living master of a dying martial art
|author=Stephanie Hegarty
|publisher=BBC World Service
|date=29 October 2011}}

Loadmaster (talk) 17:21, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

Indian or South Asian[edit]

"South Asian martial arts" currently redirects here, and this makes perfect sense. The history of combat in India cannot be separated from that of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Lathi khela and wrestling are found in all three countries, as was archery and boxing in pre-modern times. Even Sri Lankan angampora is closely related to Dravidian silambam and kalaripayat. So I suggest renaming this article "South Asian martial arts" and including systems from the neighbouring countries. Not only would this be more inclusive and logical, it also prevents people from creating short unnecessary stubs like the former Dravidian martial arts, Pakistani martial arts, Sri Lankan Martial Arts and the unashamedly nationalistic Bangladeshi martial arts. Hopefully such a change would be possible before someone decides that Nepalese martial arts need an article of their own. Morinae (talk) 12:31, 13 October 2013 (UTC)


There is this File:INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF SQAY2.pdf uploaded to Wikimedia Commons which really does not belong there as it is a media repository, not a place for text documents (I’ll be filing for its deletion soon). It should be moved to Wikibooks or Wikisource, maybe, but some of its information might be used in this article and/or in a separate Sqay article. Tuvalkin (talk) 03:01, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

I've been wanting to create a sqay article for a year already. This should prove useful. Morinae (talk) 13:59, 23 October 2013 (UTC)