My condolences to BabuG's family.

On Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 1:59 AM, Josh Lim <jamesjoshua...@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi Viswa,
>
> Thank you for this stirring tribute.  Wikimedia Philippines and the
> Filipino Wikimedia community would like to share its deepest condolences
> and we hope that his family will be okay in this most trying of times.  He
> will be sorely missed by both Malayalam and non-Malayalam editors alike.
>
> Regards,
>
> Josh
>
> > Wiadomość napisana przez ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <vp2...@gmail.com> w
> dniu 5 mar 2015, o godz. 23:07:
> >
> > 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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> JAMES JOSHUA G. LIM
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> Class of 2013, Ateneo de Manila University
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