Greetings! This is a short note on Wikipedia Takes Mumbai II. Forty
people turned up near the Oval Maidan at Churchgate at 8 am yesterday. The
landmarks that were photographed included the Babulnath Temple, Nehru
Science Centre, Opera House, St Thomas Cathedral, INS Vikrant and Yazdani
Bakery. After the photos had been clicked many of the participants
proceeded to Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR where they were
shown how to upload to Commons using both the usual upload process and by
using the mediawiki-uploader mass upload script.
Nikita Belavate and Karthik Nadar put in a lot of work into the event. They
helped many people contribute to the Commons while having a good time, and
they deserve praise for making all of this happen.
Our heartfelt gratitude to Pranav Curumsey, Vickram Crishna, Dr
Nagarjuna, Noopur Raval and Moksh Juneja for all the help and mentoring.
Thanks to Shrinivasan T for mediawiki-uploader :) And apologies if I missed
Do visit our maintenance category
specially created for the event. 313 pictures have been uploaded so far.
During the photowalk, some of the participants who were taking pictures of
Bombay House were interrupted by private security personnel and asked to
handover their cameras so that the pictures could be removed. Pranav
and Aditya Sengupta, who were among them, peacefully put forth the fact
that they were not not breaking any laws by photographing the structure
from the outside since it was not a legally protected one. They were
standing on the road, and not trespassing. To resolve the matter, Aditya,
Pranav and Krutikaa Jawanjal accompanied the security personnel to the
police station where they explained that they were within their rights to
do what they did, and that citizens of the country need not take prior
permission to take exterior photographs of private property that was not
accorded legal protection. The PSI on duty made a noting in his station
diary and informed us that Bombay House has security fears, which is why
one should speak to their bosses before taking pictures, but agreed with
them per se that there is no law that prohibits people from taking pictures
The group that went to Bombay House (and subsequently to Yazdani Bakery,
St. Thomas Cathedral) and other places was delayed owing to the incident
at Bombay House and discovered serendipitously that entry to INS Vikrant
was open. Covering Vikrant took a while, adding to the delay. Consequently
they (this includes me) never reached HBCSE but uploaded from home instead.
Although we did get several good contributions from the participants in
this group as well, I do recognise that it may have been nice if we could
have joined in with the participants who uploaded together at HBCSE. I
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