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 <wiki.p...@gmail.com> 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)" <vp2...@gmail.com>
> 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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