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WP:IND and WP:INDIA redirect here. For the notice board for India-related topics, please see WP:INB. For the Manual of Style, see MOS:INDIA. For the essay on Independent sources, please see WP:IS.

The India WikiProject is a group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to the Republic of India and the history of the Indian subcontinent. The goals of this group are three-fold—

  • to provide guidelines and recommendations for articles that describe aspects of India,
  • to improve Wikipedia's coverage of India by creating, expanding, and maintaining factual articles,
  • to serve as the point of discussion for issues related to India in Wikipedia.

To achieve the goals, this project group has developed features to help in managing its creative work. It includes Departments, which coordinate work on certain tasks, such as peer review or project-wide collaboration and Work Groups, and focus on content and articles related to India, such as cities, politics and culture.


The details of WikiProject India members can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject India/Members. Feel free to add your name and join in this initiative. The main page for discussion is Wikipedia:Noticeboard for India-related topics, consider adding it to your watchlist.


Departments are groups of members who do specific work. Tasks include authoring, maintaining the project pages, administering portals, adding articles, participating in reviews, managing the project and so on. The following is a list of departments within the WikiProject. WikiProject Members may not necessarily do only departmental tasks. They can contribute content as a member of Work Groups as well.


  • Refine and maintain the List of basic India topics, a key guide on Wikipedia to India as a subject. It serves as a table of contents, summary, and topic outline of coverage on the country India and is the most useful tool on Wikipedia for exploring and understanding fundamental material about India (and how it fits together) on Wikipedia. Its purpose is an important one: it simply enables readers to see at a glance how the subject of India is broken down, what the component topics are, and how they relate to each other - that is, how information on India is organized (here, and in the world-at-large). It is a site map and outline of knowledge that demystifies the subject known as "India". Because of its central role in the presentation of Wikipedia's coverage of this subject, it is very important to develop and maintain it to the highest level of quality: to help readers improve their conceptual awareness and understanding of India as well as find their way around this subject on Wikipedia. For examples of other pages in this set, see List of basic France topics, List of basic Thailand topics, List of basic Japan topics, List of basic Taiwan topics, and List of basic Iceland topics, all of which are currently completed to a higher level of quality than this page. In other words, much work needs to be done: the List of basic India topics is incomplete, needs your editing contributions, and is especially in need of pictures!


The guide makes a list of tools, scripts and suggestions required for editing WikiProject India related articles.


The outreach department guides its members on strengthening the sense of community in this project. Members' tasks include welcoming new members in the project, helping other editors in the project, managing the newsletters and helping the general project community to be in touch.


The assessment department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Indian articles. While much of the work is done in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program, the article ratings are also used within the project itself to aid in recognising excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject India}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in a set of categories that serves as the basis for an automatically generated worklist.


The Indian Collaboration of the month seeks to identify particular articles that would benefit from a significant collaborative effort. Every month, a maximum of five articles are selected to be in the focus, and the project attempts to improve them, potentially to featured article standards.

Any articles dealing with some aspect of India (except for current featured articles and featured article candidates) are eligible, and everyone is invited to nominate articles.

Peer review[edit]

The peer review department conducts peer reviews of India-related articles on request; this helps to obtain ideas for further improvement by having contributors who may not have previously worked on particular articles examine them. Project members are invited to submit articles to the department in lieu of using the generic peer review process.


The photography department aims to provide a collection of high-quality photographs and images for use in India articles.


The cartography department aims to create a collection of high-quality maps for use in India articles. The department gathers existing public domain and free-license maps as well as creating new ones from other materials where no suitable maps can be found. All project members are welcome to request additional maps that may be needed for particular articles from the department.


The Requested articles and Request department aims to organize, create and elevate the status of requested articles as well as properly categorize all newly created articles and remember to tag with wikiproject India.


The Kitchen of WikiProject India has a list of Indian cuisine related personal user awards from where you can give food barnstars to others.

Project guidelines[edit]

Manual of Style[edit]

Indic scripts in lead[edit]

WikiProject India's style guide does not permit the use of Indic scripts in the leads or infoboxes. Instead use International Phonetic Alphabet pronunciation guides which are more international. Exceptions are articles on the script itself, articles on a language that uses the script, and articles on texts originally written in a particular script. This guideline does not apply to articles that are not predominantly within the scope of WikiProject India.

This rule is an exception for articles supported by WikiProject India. One reason why Indian scripts are not allowed is because often there are too many different languages, each of which have their own native script, which can be original names for a topic. In addition to problems over verifiability of the accuracy of the spelling, disagreements over which native scripts to include led to a resolution in which all are avoided.

This position is a result of a 2012 request for comment on Indic scripts generally and 2017 request for comment on Indic script in the lead. Those large community discussions followed many other discussions including these:

Project organisation[edit]

Check Wikipedia:WikiProject India/Workgroups to see the Project organisation.

Project banner[edit]

Place this WikiProject notice {{WikiProject India}} at the top of an article's Talk page to direct editors to the Wikiproject India. Please refer to Wikipedia:WikiProject India/Project banner for banner usage guidelines.


Add this userbox {{User WPIndia}} or {{User Wikiproject India}} to your userboxes to direct editors to WikiProject India from your userpage.

WikiProject Award[edit]

If you notice someone making outstanding contributions to this project or any of the descendant WikiProjects, please feel free to give them any of the following barnstars.

The India Star[edit]

Syntax: {{subst:The India Star|message ~~~~}}. It will produce:

India Barnstar.PNG The India Star
Your COMMENTS here ~~~~

The Indian Barnstar of National Merit[edit]

Syntax: {{subst:The Indian Barnstar of National Merit|message ~~~~}}. It will produce:

Indian barnstar.png The Indian Barnstar of National Merit


Name What it produces Uses
{{WikiProject India}}
WikiProject India (Rated Project-class)
WikiProject icon This page is within the scope of WikiProject India, which aims to improve Wikipedia's coverage of India-related topics. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page.
 Project  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
To be placed on article talk pages, designates that an article is within the scope of the Project, articles can also be rated to find their overall quality and importance.
Flag of India.svg This user is a member of WikiProject India, a WikiProject which aims to create, edit and expand articles relating to India. Please feel free to join us.
Optional large banner in which users can display on their Userpage telling viewers that they are a member of the Project, can replace the Userbox or be an addition to it,
{{WikiProject India invitation}} To be placed on User talk pages of users who you have noticed contribute regularly to India related articles, if they decide to join they will list themselves on the list of participants. You can add a custom message as well as your signature in the template by using the code,
{{subst:WikiProject India invitation|sign=~~~~|message=}}
{{User WPIndia}}
India This user is a member of
WikiProject India
Designates that a User is a member of this Wikiproject. This can be used instead or as well as the above banner. Adds WikiProject India top icon to user page. Also, adds user to the category of WikiProject India members.
{{Indian Barnstar}}
BoNM - India.png The Indian Barnstar of National Merit
this WikiAward was given to {{subst:PAGENAME}} by ~~~ on ~~~~~
To be awarded to users who are greatly involved in the project
{{subst:Indian Barnstar|1=Put your message here.}}
{{WikiProject India talkback}}
Namaste, WikiProject India. You have received at least one new message at the [[{{{1}}}|Wikipedia talk:Noticeboard for India-related topics]]. Please continue the discussion there!
You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Wikipedia:WikiProject India/Talkback}} template.
Talkback notification for WT:INB
{{subst:WikiProject India talkback|Wikipedia talk:Noticeboard for India-related topics|question title goes here|ts=~~~~}}

  • {{IndicL}} to add one of the multiple scripts to an article lacking it
  • {{India Links}}: Welcome template/useful links
  • {{India quick links}}: Welcome template/useful links (shorter version)


For information on which stubs to use on India-related articles, see the list of stubs at Wikipedia:WikiProject India/Stub templates.