Global News Blog Wikipedia’s cultural mission in India

After moving to big cities, some preserve their culture through Wikipedia entries written in regional languages.

• A local, slice-of-life story from a Monitor correspondent.
When Subhashish Panigrahi moved to Bangalore, far from his hometown in Odisha in eastern India, it was Wikipedia that helped him keep in touch with his roots. He started writing articles on the arts, literature, food, and even tourist attractions in his home region on Odia Wikipedia, “odia” being the local language. Ditto for Bala Sundara Raman, from a southern Indian town, and his contribution to Tamil Wikipedia.