BabuG has made remarkable contribution to the Malayalam Wikipedia.
Heartfelt condolences for his family, friends and the Malayalam Wikipedia
community.

Regards,
Tanweer
Wikimedia Bangladesh

On Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 12:08 AM, Siko Bouterse <sboute...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Viswa, thank you for writing this lovely message and sharing the story
> of BabuG.
> His memory and edits will live on. Deepest condolences to the Malayalam
> community.
>
> Siko
>
> On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 4:31 AM, Subhashish Panigrahi <
> subhash...@cis-india.org> wrote:
>
> > Dear Viswa and the Malayalam Wikimedia community,
> >
> > Deepest condolence for Balachandran's family for this great loss. This is
> > a great loss for all of us, the entire Wikimedia community as well. May
> his
> > blessed soul rest in peace.
> >
> > best,
> > Subha
> >
> > Subhashish Panigrahi
> > Access To Knowledge
> > Centre for Internet and Society
> > @psubhashish
> >
> >
> > On 06-03-15 17:02, Anna Koval wrote:
> >
> >> <3
> >>
> >> Thank you, Viswa, for posting this tribute and sharing this eulogy.
> >>
> >> My heartfelt condolences to his wife Jagadamma, to his family, and to
> his
> >> wiki community.
> >>
> >> May his repose be blessed.
> >>
> >> May his memory be eternal. [1]
> >>
> >> Anna
> >>
> >> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_Eternal_%28chant%29
> >>
> >> --
> >>
> >> Anna Koval, M.Ed.
> >> Manager, Wikipedia Education Program
> >> Wikimedia Foundation
> >> +1.415.839.6885 x6729
> >> ako...@wikimedia.org
> >> education.wikimedia.org
> >>
> >> On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:07 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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