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> wrote:
some reading on brahmanical tyranny, lack of social relevence of sanskrit and related
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 sanskrit
To: "Wikimedia India Community list"
Cc: "Basavaraj Itnal" <basavarajitnal(a)yahoo.com>
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 10:36 AM
First of all, welcome to the mailing list and thanks for you interest in wikipedia.
On Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 3:01 PM, Basavaraj Itnal <basavarajitnal(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
1. Till the Britsh Raj, Brahmins kept a large part of Indian society out of bounds 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 be 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 in wikipedia.
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 well;
- The eight schedule of the Indian constitution lists Sanskrit as one of the 22 languages
- Sanskrit is also the official language of one of the states of India - Uttarkhand. 
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 vedic view?
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.
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