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
analogous.

Thank you.

Best,

Gautam
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On 26 February 2011 16:31, Basavaraj Itnal <basavarajit...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> some reading on brahmanical tyranny, lack of social relevence of sanskrit and 
> related topics
>
> http://books.google.co.in/books?id=Be3PCvzf-BYC&pg=PA286&lpg=PA286&dq=sanskrit+brahmin+tyranny&source=bl&ots=9iavUaojxp&sig=by29KPhS9N1zl7yblgKxwhxs_DQ&hl=en&ei=DNdoTebsDIrMrQeakfDCCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=sanskrit%20brahmin%20tyranny&f=false
>
> http://www.ambedkar.org/brahmanism/Brahmins_were_benefited_by_Muslim_Conquest.htm
>
>
> http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/sanskrit_exposure.htm
>
>
>
> Basavaraj N Itnal
>
> --- On Sat, 2/26/11, Arun Ramarathnam <arunra...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> From: Arun Ramarathnam <arunra...@gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Is it morally right for govts to support 
> sanskrit wikipedia?
> To: "Wikimedia India Community list" <wikimediaindia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
> Cc: "Basavaraj Itnal" <basavarajit...@yahoo.com>
> Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 10:36 AM
>
> Basavaraj,
> 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 <basavarajit...@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 [1]
> - Sanskrit is also the official language of one of the states of India - 
> Uttarkhand. [2]
>
>
> 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.
> [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Official_languages_of_India
> [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uttarkhand
> best regards
> Arun
>
>
>
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