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Featured Wikimedian/Archive/2019

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Fagu Baskey
Fagu Baskey is a Wikimedian who edits on Santhali Wikipedia. Fagu is a school teacher in a village school near Baripada in the Mayurbhaj district in the state of Odisha. He is one of the few editors who worked on the incubator to make Santhali Wikipedia live. He got to know about Wikipedia from his friend User: R Ashwani Banjan Murmu and has since then been contributing to the free-knowledge movement. Rarely having any access to a laptop, Fagu used to edit on his mobile device until he received a laptop under Project Tiger.

Fagu's major edits are on Santali literature and he endeavours to document much of Santhali heritage. Fagu believes by contributing to Wikipedia he is serving the mission of increasing awareness for his language over the internet. Fagu's major contribution has been towards Wikipedia however he wishes to work on other projects like Wikimedia Commons, however limited Internet bandwidth in his village has been restricting him.

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Anant Rathod with User Name: Gazal world is an editor on Gujrati and English Wikimedia Projects. He was introduced to Wikimedia by his friend and an active editor on English Wikipedia User: Nizil Shah who helped him by providing step-by-step guidance on Wikimedia editing. Anant's favourite area of editing has been writing about Indian literature on English Wikipedia and vice-versa for Gujarati Wikipedia.

On four different occasions, his work has been featured under Did You Know section on English Wikipedia. Anant's good quality contributions have helped him attain access rich scholarly and archive content like JSTOR, Oxford, Project MUSE, EPW, EBSCO, Edinburgh University Press, De Gruyter and Questia. Anant believes that pay-wall resources restrict a volunteer on improving quality content on Wikipedia. To overcome this, he has been working as a tireless volunteer on the resource desk on English Wikipedia and has helped in providing more than five hundred reference material to the volunteers. The most encouraging practice in this exercise has been visiting the physical library - Gujarat Vidyapith Library where he gets the books physically scanned and provides it to the needful.

Anant is associated with several literary associations and has also participated as a poet for Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Being a student of Chemistry, he stays in Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

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Wikimedia India is dedicating the month of March to its Women Wikimedians. Not one or two but fourteen different featured Wikimedians for this month. Also, stories on how the previously featured Women Wikimedians are doing today. Please visit the page Featured Wikimedian/Women Month/2019 for more details.