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Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
Krishna Chaitanya Velaga of Andhra Pradesh is a 19 year old English Wikimedian editing since December 2014. Being an NCC cadet and a defence aspirant, Chaitanya is predominantly interested in military affairs and started editing when he found a factual error in an article and referred to Youtube on how to fix it. Described by fellow wikimedian and military editor Srikar Kashyap as the leading defence article writer from India, Chaitanya has 4 Featured and A-class lists (FLs) and five Good Articles (GAs). His major works include Sam Manekshaw, K.M Cariappa and INS Vikrant. Chaitanya is the founder of the Indian military history work group and has won the coveted Military History Newcomer of the Year title for 2016. In addition, Chaitanya is a keen vandalism fighter and regularly reviews Good Article (GA) nominations.
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Kak Cenjary Ataullah Khan (DrCenjary)
Kak Cenjary Ataullah Khan also known as Dr Cenjary has been one of the most active contributors on Urdu Wikipedia.In just 2 years, he is now the 4th most active Urdu Wikipedian.A resident of Kozhikode & coming from the education field with 19 years experience under his belt, he got associated with Wikipedia just because he was curious. Dr Cenjury used to regularly observe that Wikipedia used to always come at the top of any search list on Google. After finding out, about how Wikipedia works, he took on the job of contributing to Wikipedia by editing in Urdu.

Dr Cenjury frankly says that he would prefer quality over quantity. He aims to improve all articles in Urdu Wikipedia & make them as informative as possible. He says that this is one way he can return something back to the Society & be part of a movement which is beyond religion, region, border & boundaries.

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User:SM7, the silent anonymous poster boy for Bhojpuri and Hindi Wikipedia has been working since 2011 with over 59,000 global edits without any recognition. He would have continued to be an unsung hero with his awesome work for the flourishment of Wikipedia for no one knows how long, if we would not have discovered his work recently. He is a sysop on Hindi and Bhojpuri Wikipedia where he is continuously working to bring new contributors and quality contents. User:SM7 is a teacher by profession based somewhere in Uttar Pradesh. Writing on region and geographical features are one of the favourite topics of User:SM7.

User:SM7 came to know about Wikipedia while searching something on Google, it was then he noticed that there is a link to Bhojpuri Wikipedia on the sidebar of the article page he was looking at on English Wikipedia. Like others, he was excited when he found Wikipedia on his native language and started contributing to it by creating & improving articles. Although he invests a lot of time for the growth of Wikipedia, he always prefers to stay anonymous, he says, "I wanted to be judged only by my contributions on wiki and the way I take part in discussions etc. NOT by information based on what I do in real life, or where I live, or what my educational qualifications are."
Read the Full Featured Wikimedian article on User:SM7 Here

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J.M. Garg is a Wikimedian who contributes on Wikimedia Commons. He is a nature photographer largely working on Indian flora and has more than 20,000 edits on Wikimedia Commons. Thousands of his images are used in Wikimedia projects and can be seen on Wikipedia and Wikispecies.

He is the owner of Efloraofindia,largest Google e-group in this field and also the largest nature related group in India devoted to creating awareness, helping in identification etc. along with discussion & documentation of Indian Flora. More than 11,000 species' pages of seed plants, alphabetically sized- Seed plants etc., ferns, fungi & others are available with details for those species which have already been discussed in effloraofindia e-group. It has the largest database on net on Indian Flora.He is also the author of 'A Photo guide to the birds of Kolkata & Common birds of India'.

He has also worked on 'Wikiproject Lepidoptera' & 'WikiProject Birds' & contributing to 'Tree of Life Wikiproject' of Wikipedia. Websites such as 'The Better India; have also done cover story on him.

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Satpal Singh is a wikimedian who largely edits on Punjabi Wikimedia projects with the user name Sony dandiwal. He has started editing since July 2015 at the age of 16 and is the second youngest pubjabi wikimedian. He has more than 8,000 edit counts on punjabi wikipedia and he also holds the rights of administrator, patroller and autopatroller on the punjabi wikipedia. His main areas of interest on wikipedia are cricket in sports, history in academics and biographies as inspiration.

Satpal belongs to a village Chotian in Mansa district of Punjab and edits on wikipedia through his mobile phone, having no access to a personal computer. Besides that, Satpal has made significant achievements, being ranked first on Article Improvement Edit-a-thon 2016 in April, having started Wikiproject Women and Wikiproject Cricket on punjabi wikipedia. He is also the Wikipedia Asian Month Ambassador.

Agastya Chandrakant
Agastya Chandrakant from Surat, Gujarat is an editor on English Wikinews under alias of Acagastya, currently studying in The National Institute of Engineering, Mysore.

He is 19-years-old and has been editing Wikimedia Projects since 2014, from his days in high school. He has more than 8,000 global edits and also holds the review rights on Wikinews. On Wikinews, every article has to pass the review before it is published. Agastya has written more than 200 news articles on Wikinews. He is amongst the very few Indian editors on Wikinews.

Calligraphy, reading, and photography are some of his hobbies, however, after academic commitments whatever time he gets for himself now, he devotes it to Wikinews.

Agastya believes there are lot of things happening around us in various fields -- from crime and law to science and technology. Some events affect a certain group of people. Some affects other groups. As a news reporter his tries to cover news for everyone, ranging from different subjects.

Agastya hopes more Indian community members to contribute quality photos from the events around the country on Wikimedia projects, and hopes they, as an Indian, make decisions and act so that secularism, freedom, and humanity can co-exist.