What does, sanskirt wikipedia have to do with social class and caste system
and what not?
On 26 February 2011 16:36, Gautam John <gautam(a)prathambooks.org> wrote:
Hi Basavaraj (and welcome to the list!):
Arguendo, that Sanskti is socially irrelevant, why should a Wikipedia
in that language not exist by force of action given that one already
exists and is active? Would that not be a morally egregious position -
to state that it should *not* exist? In my humble view, there is a big
difference between forcefully shutting something that is active down
and in not encouraging activity on something that is dormant.
Also, Wikipedia in any language is not a body of work about that
language but an encyclopedia in that language - the two aren't really
On 26 February 2011 16:31, Basavaraj Itnal <basavarajitnal(a)yahoo.com>
some reading on brahmanical tyranny, lack of social relevence of
> Basavaraj N Itnal
> --- On Sat, 2/26/11, Arun Ramarathnam <arunram25(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> From: Arun Ramarathnam <arunram25(a)gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Is it morally right for govts to support
To: "Wikimedia India Community list"
Cc: "Basavaraj Itnal"
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 10:36 AM
First of all, welcome to the mailing list and thanks for you interest in
On Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 3:01 PM, Basavaraj Itnal
1. Till the Britsh Raj, Brahmins kept a large part of Indian society out
from knowledge which was in Sanskrit. They had provisions to pour
molten lead into the ears of non-brahmins (including all women) who even
heard a word of sanskrit. knowledge contained in that language is now
available in English and Sanskrit only symbolises tyranny. Do we need
Wikipedia in Sanskrit with the support of govt funding?
On you question on government support for a specific language, it would
inappropriate for anyone to comment on behalf of government action. They
(govt) are probably best positioned to respond to that query.
As a far support for wikipedia or wikipedia is
concerned, given there is
a lot of volunteer work to be done, support from any
quarters is welcome -
individuals or organisations is welcome.
The intention of this list is to connect
wikipedians and those interested
Wikipedia seeks to collate the sum total off all
knowledge and make it
available for all to use freely. That includes as many
languages as possible
including Sanskrit and Pali.
We should also bear in mind the following as
- The eight schedule of the Indian constitution lists Sanskrit as one of
- Sanskrit is also the official language of one
of the states of India -
> 2. Why cannt we have a wikepedia in Pali as well, the language which was
used by Budha and which can give us an alternate view on life to that of
> This has been answered by others on the list. You are welcome to
contribute to Pali or any other language of your choice / interest on
wikipedia.Volunteer content contributions are most welcome.
>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Official_languages_of_India
>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uttarkhand
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