Santali Wikipedia

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Santali Wikipedia
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia
Available inSantali
HeadquartersMiami, Florida
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
LaunchedAugust 2, 2018; 5 years ago (2018-08-02)[1]
Content license
Creative Commons Attribution/
(most text also dual-licensed under GFDL)
Media licensing varies

The Santali Wikipedia (Santali: ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤ ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ) is the Santali language version of Wikipedia, run by the Wikimedia Foundation. The site was launched on 2 August 2018.[1][2] Santali language's own alphabet, Ol Chiki, has been used as the alphabet of this Wikipedia.[1][3] Santali is a language in the Munda subfamily of Austroasiatic languages, spoken by around 7.4 million people in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Bhutan and Nepal).


The Santali Wikipedia was in incubator stage since September 2010.[4] The process of creating a Santali-language Wikipedia began in 2012 and, later on, picked up momentum in February 2017. [5] Back in 2012, Wikimedia Bangladesh organized a Wikipedia meetup and workshop with the Santali Language Community in Dinajpur District of Bangladesh with the goal of launching a Santali Language Wikipedia.[6] However, that process slowed after some time.[7]

Then in September 2017, Wikimedia Bangladesh organized another meeting with the Santali Language Community in a Dhaka Wikipedia meetup where a decision was made to expedite the launch of the Wikipedia. [5][8] Following that discussion, a workshop was organized in Dhaka by Wikimedia Bangladesh for the Santali-language community on 30 December 2017.[6] The Santali-language community from India also participated in that program through online discussion. Subsequently, another workshop was organized for the Santali-language community in Odisha, India, on 11 March 2018 in collaboration with the Odia Wikimedians User Group.

After months of work, the Wikimedia Language Committee approved the Santali-language Wikipedia on 28 June 2018 and the Santali Wikipedia site was finally launched on 2 August 2018. [6][8]

Users and editors[edit]

Santali Wikipedia statistics[9]
Number of user accounts Number of articles Number of files Number of administrators
7944 11166 0 3


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c উইকিপিডিয়ায় সাঁওতালি ভাষা. Bangla Tribune (in Bengali).
  2. ^ "Being a Wikipedian may be a thankless job, but they say it's addictive". The Business Standard. 19 September 2021. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  3. ^ উইকিপিডিয়ায় সাঁওতালি ভাষা. Samakal (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 19 November 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b Tanvi, Patel (10 August 2018). "This Tribal Language Just Became India's First to Have Wikipedia Edition in Own Script!". The Better India.
  6. ^ a b c "Santhali becomes India's first tribal language to get own Wikipedia edition". Hindustan Times. 9 August 2018.
  7. ^ ক্ষুদ্রজাতির ভাষায় বিশ্বকোষ - কালের কণ্ঠ. Kaler Kantho (in Bengali). 15 February 2014.
  8. ^ a b Bhandari, Tannistha. নজির গড়ে উইকিপিডিয়ায় স্বীকৃতি পেল সাঁওতালি ভাষা. (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  9. ^ "List of Wikipedias". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2022.

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