Yep.. Lets not jump into conclusions... as Swaroop Rao said the representative from Samskrita Bharati has not informed about this grant.. as Shri Hari Prasad Nadig said we should meet some department officials to speak about this... we may also try and meet some Minister or some senior MLA too regarding this if at all anyone gets a chance...

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:50 PM, Swaroop Rao <> wrote:
Shiju had conducted a workshop on the basics of editing Wikipedia last week in Sanskrit Bharati, Girinagar (which is probably the same organisation that TOI refers to). I had also been there, and am in touch with the representative from Sanskrita Bharati. Surprisingly the representative mentioned nothing about any grant applied when we had a talk.

Swaroop G Rao

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 14:40, Gerard Meijssen <> wrote:
As the Sanskrit wikisource is waiting for its creation, there is additional value for them to cooperate :). They do not need to buy into Wikipedia in order to be happy with a source for sources.

On 25 February 2011 07:04, CherianTinu Abraham <> wrote:
Sanskrit Bharathi volunteers were generally keen on our Sanskrit Wikipedia. Arunram and others have conducted Wiki academies for them. Probably good idea to take them more into confidence with our movement.

While Kerala & TN governments have chosen to go with the Wikipedia, it is sad that Karnataka government is always trying to reinvent the wheel.  May be we are not reaching out with them properly. 

It may be a good idea to set up a Chapter task force for government liaisons and policy making, which includes those folks who have done these kind of stuff successfully more than those who have contacts. 

Tinu Cherian 

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM, Naveen B M <> wrote:
From the state budget speech here (, it appears this is a grant to Sanskrit Bharathi 

>>>   182.  To develop Sanskrit Wikipedia, Rs 1 crore would be provided as a grant to Sanskrit Bharathi.


On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM, Hari Prasad Nadig <> wrote:
Just checked with my sources in the government - and what I hear is that the allocated funds *isn't* for Sanskrit Wikipedia, but a project "on the lines" of Sanskrit Wikipedia, but perhaps with editing control.

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM, Prashanth NS <> wrote:
Yea. I remember that announcement 2 years back and then it got converted into an internal project. 

But, a good opportunity for advocacy here. Perhaps some chapter members should meet the department officials and try and get co-opted into the decision-making process. Often, it is lack of information and trust that scares them. Unlike 2 years, back with the chapter in place and most of us quite well networked, we should get involved closely and see if we can get them to invest in improving the sanskrit and kananda wikis.

The government usually prefers a project with editing control rather than one without any direct control over content decisions made. 

Hari Prasad Nadig

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