On Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 12:05:18PM +0530, Pradeep Makineni wrote:
What would you tell, if are going to answer these
concerns? Note that most (or all) of wikipedians who contribute to
Indian language wikipedias are fluent in English also. And I believe,
most of the folks who read (if any) these wikipedias are also fluent
People always feel more comfortable with their native language.
Also, as you wrote, "most of" them also speak English, not all of them.
There are Indians who good access Internet but don't speak English. For
instance a part of NRIs living in non-English speaking countries.
AFAIK it's currently impossible to use computers with knowing only
Indian languages so that would make knowing English a prerequisite to
accessing Wikipedia. However we could imagine people having access to a
printed version of Wikipedia.
But that's right, educated rich Indians thinking English is a "better"
language than their own native language is a big obstacle to Indian