(I thought that I replied here already, my bad. . .) That's sad

I have fully-protected his En-WP user page following En WP guidelines so
that his page can not be vandalized later:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug

May he rest in peace.


On 6 March 2015 at 14:03, Parul <sri.pa...@gmail.com> wrote:

> May he rest in peace..
>
> On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 8:32 PM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <
> viswapra...@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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