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ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ)
Dear Wikimedians all over the world,

One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
<https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.

Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his son,
Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
escape perpetual loneliness.

His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938 in
a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering College
and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.

He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam Wikipedia,
in the year 2008.

His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured articles
on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.

He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a 20-year
long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair. Ever
since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can change
lives.

In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.

Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
<http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a  review
on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:

G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in Kerala
> state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after a
> stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife Jagadamma
> K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his health.”


For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
and wisdom.


Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.


-ViswaPrabha
(On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
http://ml.wikipedia.org
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

Jeevan Jose
My deep condolences.

Jee

On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 8:37 PM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
>
> One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
> <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
> https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
>
> Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
> several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his son,
> Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
> escape perpetual loneliness.
>
> His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938 in
> a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
> Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering College
> and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.
>
> He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam Wikipedia,
> in the year 2008.
>
> His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
> pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
> GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured articles
> on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
> Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
> himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
> images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
> Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
>
> He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
> Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a 20-year
> long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair. Ever
> since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
> extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can change
> lives.
>
> In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
> example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
>
> Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
> <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a  review
> on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
>
> G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in Kerala
> > state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after
> a
> > stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
> Jagadamma
> > K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his health.”
>
>
> For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
> great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
> and wisdom.
>
>
> Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
> shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
> contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
>
>
> -ViswaPrabha
> (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
> http://ml.wikipedia.org
> _______________________________________________
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> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines
> [hidden email]
> Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l,
> <mailto:[hidden email]?subject=unsubscribe>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

Eduardo Testart
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Hi all,

I was thinking, it is possible to create some sort of hall of fame from/for
Wikipedia? It would be nice that stories like this one get a place to stay
in time.

Just a though...
El mar. 5, 2015 12:08 PM, "ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ)" <[hidden email]>
escribió:

> Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
>
> One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
> <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
> https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
>
> Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
> several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his son,
> Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
> escape perpetual loneliness.
>
> His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938 in
> a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
> Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering College
> and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.
>
> He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam Wikipedia,
> in the year 2008.
>
> His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
> pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
> GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured articles
> on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
> Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
> himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
> images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
> Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
>
> He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
> Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a 20-year
> long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair. Ever
> since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
> extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can change
> lives.
>
> In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
> example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
>
> Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
> <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a  review
> on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
>
> G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in Kerala
> > state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after
> a
> > stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
> Jagadamma
> > K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his health.”
>
>
> For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
> great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
> and wisdom.
>
>
> Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
> shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
> contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
>
>
> -ViswaPrabha
> (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
> http://ml.wikipedia.org
> _______________________________________________
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> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

Pine W
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Viswa,

Thank you so much for letting us know of this editor's inspiring story. We
are sorry to lose such an exemplary Wikimedian. I hope in his passing he
had the satisfaction of feeling that in his late years he made the world a
better place.

Please contact me off-list if you would like this email to appear in the
Signpost.

Condolances to his family and the Malayalam Wikimedia community.

Pine
On Mar 5, 2015 7:08 AM, "ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ)" <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
>
> One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
> <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
> https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
>
> Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
> several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his son,
> Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
> escape perpetual loneliness.
>
> His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938 in
> a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
> Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering College
> and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.
>
> He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam Wikipedia,
> in the year 2008.
>
> His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
> pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
> GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured articles
> on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
> Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
> himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
> images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
> Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
>
> He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
> Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a 20-year
> long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair. Ever
> since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
> extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can change
> lives.
>
> In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
> example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
>
> Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
> <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a  review
> on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
>
> G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in Kerala
> > state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after
> a
> > stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
> Jagadamma
> > K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his health.”
>
>
> For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
> great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
> and wisdom.
>
>
> Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
> shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
> contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
>
>
> -ViswaPrabha
> (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
> http://ml.wikipedia.org
> _______________________________________________
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> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines
> [hidden email]
> Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

Shlomi Fish
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Hi all,

On Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:37:13 +0530
ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
>
> One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
> <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
> https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
>

I'm sorry to read all that. My condolences extend to his family, friends and
the people who collaborated with him online. I should note that I found the
story in the message to be touching and inspiring.

Regards,

        Shlomi Fish

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Andrew Lih
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Condolences to the community. I let the Signpost folks know, and there will
be a writeup on this coming shortly.

-Andrew


On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM, Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Viswa,
>
> Thank you so much for letting us know of this editor's inspiring story. We
> are sorry to lose such an exemplary Wikimedian. I hope in his passing he
> had the satisfaction of feeling that in his late years he made the world a
> better place.
>
> Please contact me off-list if you would like this email to appear in the
> Signpost.
>
> Condolances to his family and the Malayalam Wikimedia community.
>
> Pine
> On Mar 5, 2015 7:08 AM, "ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ)" <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
> > Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
> >
> > One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
> > <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
> > https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
> >
> > Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
> > several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his
> son,
> > Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
> > escape perpetual loneliness.
> >
> > His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938
> in
> > a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
> > Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering
> College
> > and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.
> >
> > He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam
> Wikipedia,
> > in the year 2008.
> >
> > His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
> > pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
> > GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured
> articles
> > on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
> > Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
> > himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
> > images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
> > Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
> >
> > He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
> > Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a
> 20-year
> > long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair.
> Ever
> > since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
> > extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can
> change
> > lives.
> >
> > In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
> > example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
> >
> > Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
> > <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a
> review
> > on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
> >
> > G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in
> Kerala
> > > state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover
> after
> > a
> > > stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
> > Jagadamma
> > > K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his
> health.”
> >
> >
> > For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
> > great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
> > and wisdom.
> >
> >
> > Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
> > shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
> > contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
> >
> >
> > -ViswaPrabha
> > (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
> > http://ml.wikipedia.org
> > _______________________________________________
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

Alex Wang
Thanks so much for this great tribute. Inspiring.

On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 8:32 AM, Andrew Lih <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Condolences to the community. I let the Signpost folks know, and there will
> be a writeup on this coming shortly.
>
> -Andrew
>
>
> On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM, Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > Viswa,
> >
> > Thank you so much for letting us know of this editor's inspiring story.
> We
> > are sorry to lose such an exemplary Wikimedian. I hope in his passing he
> > had the satisfaction of feeling that in his late years he made the world
> a
> > better place.
> >
> > Please contact me off-list if you would like this email to appear in the
> > Signpost.
> >
> > Condolances to his family and the Malayalam Wikimedia community.
> >
> > Pine
> > On Mar 5, 2015 7:08 AM, "ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ)" <[hidden email]>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
> > >
> > > One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
> > > <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
> > > https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
> > >
> > > Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected
> by
> > > several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his
> > son,
> > > Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy
> to
> > > escape perpetual loneliness.
> > >
> > > His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October
> 1938
> > in
> > > a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
> > > Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering
> > College
> > > and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many
> years.
> > >
> > > He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam
> > Wikipedia,
> > > in the year 2008.
> > >
> > > His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
> > > pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
> > > GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured
> > articles
> > > on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
> > > Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
> > > himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than
> 350
> > > images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
> > > Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
> > >
> > > He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
> > > Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a
> > 20-year
> > > long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair.
> > Ever
> > > since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was
> an
> > > extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can
> > change
> > > lives.
> > >
> > > In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
> > > example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
> > >
> > > Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
> > > <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a
> > review
> > > on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
> > >
> > > G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in
> > Kerala
> > > > state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover
> > after
> > > a
> > > > stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
> > > Jagadamma
> > > > K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his
> > health.”
> > >
> > >
> > > For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
> > > great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in
> knowledge
> > > and wisdom.
> > >
> > >
> > > Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
> > > shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
> > > contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
> > >
> > >
> > > -ViswaPrabha
> > > (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
> > > http://ml.wikipedia.org
> > > _______________________________________________
> > > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
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Sydney Poore
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Thank you for sharing the history of  G. Balachandran's work on Wikipedia,
and his death. Condolences for your loss.

Warm regards,
Sydney
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On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 10:07 AM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
>
> One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
> <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
> https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
>
> Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
> several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his son,
> Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
> escape perpetual loneliness.
>
> His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938 in
> a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
> Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering College
> and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.
>
> He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam Wikipedia,
> in the year 2008.
>
> His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
> pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
> GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured articles
> on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
> Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
> himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
> images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
> Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
>
> He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
> Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a 20-year
> long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair. Ever
> since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
> extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can change
> lives.
>
> In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
> example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
>
> Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
> <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a  review
> on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
>
> G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in Kerala
> > state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after
> a
> > stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
> Jagadamma
> > K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his health.”
>
>
> For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
> great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
> and wisdom.
>
>
> Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
> shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
> contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
>
>
> -ViswaPrabha
> (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
> http://ml.wikipedia.org
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Asaf Bartov-2
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On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 7:32 AM, Eduardo Testart <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I was thinking, it is possible to create some sort of hall of fame from/for
> Wikipedia? It would be nice that stories like this one get a place to stay
> in time.
>

Many wikis have a project-space page to commemorate deceased
Wikipedians[1].  There also exists a putative central location on Meta, but
it's underutilized.  Nonetheless, because I agree this was a eulogy worth
sharing, I have now pasted it there[2].

   Asaf

[1] some are listed here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Deceased_editors#See_also
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Deceased_editors

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

Katy Love
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Thank you for this tribute and for sharing more about BabuG. I appreciated
the chance to learn about him, how he came to Wikipedia, and the depth of
his experience on the sites. His story inspires me.

My condolences and sympathies are with you, BabuG's family, and the
Malayalam community on this difficult day.

Katy

On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 7:07 AM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
>
> One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
> <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
> https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
>
> Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
> several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his son,
> Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
> escape perpetual loneliness.
>
> His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938 in
> a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
> Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering College
> and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.
>
> He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam Wikipedia,
> in the year 2008.
>
> His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
> pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
> GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured articles
> on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
> Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
> himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
> images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
> Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
>
> He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
> Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a 20-year
> long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair. Ever
> since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
> extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can change
> lives.
>
> In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
> example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
>
> Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
> <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a  review
> on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
>
> G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in Kerala
> > state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after
> a
> > stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
> Jagadamma
> > K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his health.”
>
>
> For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
> great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
> and wisdom.
>
>
> Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
> shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
> contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
>
>
> -ViswaPrabha
> (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
> http://ml.wikipedia.org
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Andreas Kolbe-2
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Dear Viswa,

Thank you for letting us know, and for writing such a beautiful text in
memory of your friend. Please send my condolences to his son.

Much love,
Andreas

On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 3:07 PM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
>
> One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
> <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
> https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
>
> Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
> several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his son,
> Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
> escape perpetual loneliness.
>
> His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938 in
> a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
> Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering College
> and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.
>
> He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam Wikipedia,
> in the year 2008.
>
> His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
> pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
> GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured articles
> on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
> Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
> himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
> images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
> Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
>
> He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
> Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a 20-year
> long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair. Ever
> since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
> extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can change
> lives.
>
> In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
> example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
>
> Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
> <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a  review
> on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
>
> G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in Kerala
> > state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after
> a
> > stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
> Jagadamma
> > K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his health.”
>
>
> For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
> great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
> and wisdom.
>
>
> Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
> shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
> contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
>
>
> -ViswaPrabha
> (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
> http://ml.wikipedia.org
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Arun Ramarathnam
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On 5 March 2015 at 20:37, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Wikiuser:BabuG


Thanks Viswa for sharing the contributions and life of Babug - His story
has been truly inspiring and touching. It is people like him, their passion
and their lives that would continue to inspire the rest of us to stay
focused on contributing to wikipedia. It gives a whole different meaning
and purpose to these voluntary contributions.

Surely a stalwart like him would be dearly missed. Condolences to his
family and all wikimedians.

Perhaps we should consider starting a project or an award in his memory for
the malayalam community.

regards
Arun
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

Jeevan Jose
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On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 1:46 AM, Asaf Bartov <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 7:32 AM, Eduardo Testart <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I was thinking, it is possible to create some sort of hall of fame
> from/for
> > Wikipedia? It would be nice that stories like this one get a place to
> stay
> > in time.
> >
>
> Many wikis have a project-space page to commemorate deceased
> Wikipedians[1].  There also exists a putative central location on Meta, but
> it's underutilized.  Nonetheless, because I agree this was a eulogy worth
> sharing, I have now pasted it there[2].
>
>    Asaf
>

An admin added the username to
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons_talk:Deceased_contributors#to_do.2Fadd

Jee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

Cristian Consonni
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Dear Viswa,

I am sorry for this loss that the Malayalam is experiencing.
Please transmit my condoleances to his family and friends if you have
the occasion to do so.

2015-03-05 16:07 GMT+01:00 ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <[hidden email]>:
> Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
> shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
> contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.

Indeed he has.

Cristian

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

Anna Koval
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<3

Thank you, Viswa, for posting this tribute and sharing this eulogy.

My heartfelt condolences to his wife Jagadamma, to his family, and to his
wiki community.

May his repose be blessed.

May his memory be eternal. [1]

Anna

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_Eternal_%28chant%29

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On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:07 AM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
>
> One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
> <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
> https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
>
> Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
> several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his son,
> Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
> escape perpetual loneliness.
>
> His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938 in
> a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
> Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering College
> and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.
>
> He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam Wikipedia,
> in the year 2008.
>
> His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
> pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
> GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured articles
> on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
> Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
> himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
> images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
> Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
>
> He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
> Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a 20-year
> long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair. Ever
> since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
> extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can change
> lives.
>
> In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
> example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
>
> Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
> <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a  review
> on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
>
> G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in Kerala
> > state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after
> a
> > stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
> Jagadamma
> > K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his health.”
>
>
> For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
> great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
> and wisdom.
>
>
> Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
> shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
> contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
>
>
> -ViswaPrabha
> (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
> http://ml.wikipedia.org
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Subhashish Panigrahi-4
Dear Viswa and the Malayalam Wikimedia community,

Deepest condolence for Balachandran's family for this great loss. This
is a great loss for all of us, the entire Wikimedia community as well.
May his blessed soul rest in peace.

best,
Subha

Subhashish Panigrahi
Access To Knowledge
Centre for Internet and Society
@psubhashish

On 06-03-15 17:02, Anna Koval wrote:

> <3
>
> Thank you, Viswa, for posting this tribute and sharing this eulogy.
>
> My heartfelt condolences to his wife Jagadamma, to his family, and to his
> wiki community.
>
> May his repose be blessed.
>
> May his memory be eternal. [1]
>
> Anna
>
> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_Eternal_%28chant%29
>
> --
>
> Anna Koval, M.Ed.
> Manager, Wikipedia Education Program
> Wikimedia Foundation
> +1.415.839.6885 x6729
> [hidden email]
> education.wikimedia.org
>
> On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:07 AM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
>> Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
>>
>> One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
>> <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
>> https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
>>
>> Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
>> several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his son,
>> Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
>> escape perpetual loneliness.
>>
>> His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938 in
>> a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
>> Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering College
>> and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.
>>
>> He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam Wikipedia,
>> in the year 2008.
>>
>> His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
>> pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
>> GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured articles
>> on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
>> Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
>> himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
>> images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
>> Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
>>
>> He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
>> Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a 20-year
>> long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair. Ever
>> since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
>> extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can change
>> lives.
>>
>> In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
>> example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
>>
>> Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
>> <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a  review
>> on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
>>
>> G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in Kerala
>>> state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after
>> a
>>> stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
>> Jagadamma
>>> K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his health.”
>>
>> For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
>> great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
>> and wisdom.
>>
>>
>> Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
>> shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
>> contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
>>
>>
>> -ViswaPrabha
>> (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
>> http://ml.wikipedia.org
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Siko Bouterse
Viswa, thank you for writing this lovely message and sharing the story
of BabuG.
His memory and edits will live on. Deepest condolences to the Malayalam
community.

Siko

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 4:31 AM, Subhashish Panigrahi <
[hidden email]> wrote:

> Dear Viswa and the Malayalam Wikimedia community,
>
> Deepest condolence for Balachandran's family for this great loss. This is
> a great loss for all of us, the entire Wikimedia community as well. May his
> blessed soul rest in peace.
>
> best,
> Subha
>
> Subhashish Panigrahi
> Access To Knowledge
> Centre for Internet and Society
> @psubhashish
>
>
> On 06-03-15 17:02, Anna Koval wrote:
>
>> <3
>>
>> Thank you, Viswa, for posting this tribute and sharing this eulogy.
>>
>> My heartfelt condolences to his wife Jagadamma, to his family, and to his
>> wiki community.
>>
>> May his repose be blessed.
>>
>> May his memory be eternal. [1]
>>
>> Anna
>>
>> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_Eternal_%28chant%29
>>
>> --
>>
>> Anna Koval, M.Ed.
>> Manager, Wikipedia Education Program
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>> +1.415.839.6885 x6729
>> [hidden email]
>> education.wikimedia.org
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:07 AM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <[hidden email]
>> >
>> wrote:
>>
>>  Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
>>>
>>> One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
>>> <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
>>> https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
>>>
>>> Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
>>> several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his
>>> son,
>>> Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
>>> escape perpetual loneliness.
>>>
>>> His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938
>>> in
>>> a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
>>> Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering
>>> College
>>> and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.
>>>
>>> He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam
>>> Wikipedia,
>>> in the year 2008.
>>>
>>> His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
>>> pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
>>> GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured
>>> articles
>>> on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
>>> Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
>>> himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
>>> images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
>>> Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
>>>
>>> He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
>>> Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a
>>> 20-year
>>> long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair.
>>> Ever
>>> since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
>>> extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can
>>> change
>>> lives.
>>>
>>> In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
>>> example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
>>>
>>> Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
>>> <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a
>>> review
>>> on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
>>>
>>> G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in
>>> Kerala
>>>
>>>> state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after
>>>>
>>> a
>>>
>>>> stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
>>>>
>>> Jagadamma
>>>
>>>> K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his
>>>> health.”
>>>>
>>>
>>> For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
>>> great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
>>> and wisdom.
>>>
>>>
>>> Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
>>> shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
>>> contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
>>>
>>>
>>> -ViswaPrabha
>>> (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
>>> http://ml.wikipedia.org
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

Tanweer Morshed
BabuG has made remarkable contribution to the Malayalam Wikipedia.
Heartfelt condolences for his family, friends and the Malayalam Wikipedia
community.

Regards,
Tanweer
Wikimedia Bangladesh

On Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 12:08 AM, Siko Bouterse <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Viswa, thank you for writing this lovely message and sharing the story
> of BabuG.
> His memory and edits will live on. Deepest condolences to the Malayalam
> community.
>
> Siko
>
> On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 4:31 AM, Subhashish Panigrahi <
> [hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > Dear Viswa and the Malayalam Wikimedia community,
> >
> > Deepest condolence for Balachandran's family for this great loss. This is
> > a great loss for all of us, the entire Wikimedia community as well. May
> his
> > blessed soul rest in peace.
> >
> > best,
> > Subha
> >
> > Subhashish Panigrahi
> > Access To Knowledge
> > Centre for Internet and Society
> > @psubhashish
> >
> >
> > On 06-03-15 17:02, Anna Koval wrote:
> >
> >> <3
> >>
> >> Thank you, Viswa, for posting this tribute and sharing this eulogy.
> >>
> >> My heartfelt condolences to his wife Jagadamma, to his family, and to
> his
> >> wiki community.
> >>
> >> May his repose be blessed.
> >>
> >> May his memory be eternal. [1]
> >>
> >> Anna
> >>
> >> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_Eternal_%28chant%29
> >>
> >> --
> >>
> >> Anna Koval, M.Ed.
> >> Manager, Wikipedia Education Program
> >> Wikimedia Foundation
> >> +1.415.839.6885 x6729
> >> [hidden email]
> >> education.wikimedia.org
> >>
> >> On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:07 AM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <
> [hidden email]
> >> >
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >>  Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
> >>>
> >>> One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
> >>> <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
> >>> https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
> >>>
> >>> Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected
> by
> >>> several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his
> >>> son,
> >>> Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy
> to
> >>> escape perpetual loneliness.
> >>>
> >>> His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October
> 1938
> >>> in
> >>> a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
> >>> Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering
> >>> College
> >>> and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many
> years.
> >>>
> >>> He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam
> >>> Wikipedia,
> >>> in the year 2008.
> >>>
> >>> His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
> >>> pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
> >>> GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured
> >>> articles
> >>> on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
> >>> Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
> >>> himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than
> 350
> >>> images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
> >>> Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
> >>>
> >>> He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
> >>> Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a
> >>> 20-year
> >>> long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair.
> >>> Ever
> >>> since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was
> an
> >>> extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can
> >>> change
> >>> lives.
> >>>
> >>> In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
> >>> example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
> >>>
> >>> Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
> >>> <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a
> >>> review
> >>> on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
> >>>
> >>> G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in
> >>> Kerala
> >>>
> >>>> state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover
> after
> >>>>
> >>> a
> >>>
> >>>> stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
> >>>>
> >>> Jagadamma
> >>>
> >>>> K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his
> >>>> health.”
> >>>>
> >>>
> >>> For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
> >>> great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in
> knowledge
> >>> and wisdom.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
> >>> shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
> >>> contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> -ViswaPrabha
> >>> (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
> >>> http://ml.wikipedia.org
> >>> _______________________________________________
> >>> Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
> >>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines
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> > Centre for Internet and Society
> > @psubhashish / https://cis-india.org
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

Johan Jönsson
In reply to this post by ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ)
2015-03-05 16:07 GMT+01:00 ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <[hidden email]>:

> Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
>
> One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
> <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
> https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
>
> Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
> several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his son,
> Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
> escape perpetual loneliness.
>
> His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938 in
> a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
> Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering College
> and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.
>
> He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam Wikipedia,
> in the year 2008.
>
> His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
> pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
> GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured articles
> on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
> Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
> himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
> images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
> Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
>
> He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
> Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a 20-year
> long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair. Ever
> since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
> extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can change
> lives.
>
> In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
> example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
>
> Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
> <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a  review
> on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
>
> G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in Kerala
> > state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after
> a
> > stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
> Jagadamma
> > K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his health.”
>
>
> For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
> great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
> and wisdom.
>
>
> Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
> shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
> contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
>
>
> -ViswaPrabha
>

What a beautiful euology, Viswa. Thank you for sharing this with us, and
condolences for the loss of the Malayalam Wikipedia community.

//Johan Jönsson
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

Jan-Bart de Vreede-3
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Hi

Thank you so much for this tribute. My condolences to you and all others who admired and loved him.

Jan-Bart


> On 05 Mar 2015, at 16:07, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Dear Wikimedians all over the world,
>
> One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
> <https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug> (
> https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.
>
> Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
> several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his son,
> Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
> escape perpetual loneliness.
>
> His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938 in
> a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
> Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering College
> and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.
>
> He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam Wikipedia,
> in the year 2008.
>
> His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
> pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
> GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured articles
> on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
> Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
> himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
> images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
> Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.
>
> He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
> Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a 20-year
> long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair. Ever
> since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
> extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can change
> lives.
>
> In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
> example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.
>
> Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
> <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf>, a  review
> on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:
>
> G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in Kerala
>> state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after a
>> stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife Jagadamma
>> K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his health.”
>
>
> For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
> great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
> and wisdom.
>
>
> Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
> shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
> contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.
>
>
> -ViswaPrabha
> (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
> http://ml.wikipedia.org
> _______________________________________________
> Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines
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