Wikipedia – Is it Really Independent?

Wikipedia and its importance

While surfing internet and searching for information, many users navigate to Wikipedia for a preliminary insight on any topic. Hence Wikipedia articles are extremely important.

For a non-academic user, information contained in a Wikipedia article is generally considered to be authentic. The reliability of information contained in a wiki article is generally perceived to be more than that of FB post or a tweet by end users.

Unlike Facebook and Twitter where retention is extremely short lived, Wiki articles have a much longer shelf life. Once created, these articles stay and can be retrieved whenever required. As such unlike tweets and FB posts, they are not lost in a huge deluge and therefore can be repeatedly quoted and cited.
This easy availability of wiki articles is the reason that it can be an ideal propaganda tool. The fact that anyone can create an article or can change it, makes a Wikipedia article a starting point for anyone who would like to put his/ her point across. Additionally, if an article has to be given a deliberate political twist, it can also be done in a very clandestine manner.

This later aspect has been understood quite early by western opinion makers.

Motivation for this article

I was an avid user of Wikipedia. Steadily I also learnt to create some articles on Wikipedia. One of the unique aspects of Wikipedia is that anyone can create articles as well as edit existing articles.

I observed that whenever I created or edited a neutral article (on films/ music etc.) there were no issues. However the moment I tried to touch any page related to Hinduism, my changes were either removed partially or completely. I also observed that there were similar persons who were always involved in the monitoring process.

I was also quite surprised to observe that on many pages related to Sanatana Dharma, Indian history, or Hindu texts, completely distorted versions of Hinduism, Indian culture and traditions are the narratives that prevail.

It was then that I decided to delve a little deeper and was able to connect the dots and see that there is a tight control on certain specific topics and a professional group is actually monitoring these pages.

Wikipedia – Topics Selected for Distortion

There is a definite method and system by which certain pages are controlled. Most of the pages that are controlled belong to one of the following categories:

  1. Prominent Sanatani/ Hindu thought leaders, Saints, philosophers.
  2. Sanatana philosophies.
  3. Pages related to Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism: highlighting conflict with Hinduism.
  4. Dalit icons: Highlighting fault-lines and conflicts within Hinduism
  5. Sanatana scriptures, festivals and traditions.
  6. Issues such as Kashmir, Terrorism

It was also intriguing that most of the persons who created/ edited these articles were not Indians. There were only a few Indians around.

I have provided links to some pages: (Click the “history” tab and you can see various contributors and editors. Also go through the “Talk” Tab  )

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Vivekananda

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystical_experience

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_India

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Aryan_migration_theory

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varna_(Hinduism)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo-Advaita

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decline_of_Buddhism_in_India

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Aurobindo

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._S._Golwalkar

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demolition_of_the_Babri_Masjid

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asiya_Andrabi

 Which Group controls Indian Studies on Wikipedia and how?

Unlike Twitter and Facebook, the dominant group on Wikipedia is primarily from the west or that section of Indians who have “time” on their hand and are also ideologically driven (read: Leftists students who are pursuing Masters or PhDs.)

Western “Indologists” who are either atheists or Christians regularly edit / change/ modify Wikipedia content in an extremely systematic manner. Changes are never done by one person and pages are closely watched for any change done by “others”.

This dominant group is supported by many Indian sepoys – Leftists and / or Dalit activists or generalists.

This group tracks Hindus (who in any case have a minuscule presence on Wikipedia) who are trying to create a page and demoralizes them by deleting their content completely or partially. Another common tactic is to engage writers in “Talk” – a discussion facility on each page. This tactic serves a very important purpose of wasting time and diverting or delaying the main content provider. Pro-Hindu content creators are not only few, they are also essentially part-timers. If a major part of their time is involved in fruitless debates, then some of these volunteers leave Wikipedia for good.

An example of organized access:

I will showcase by example how there is an organized nexus that is present in Wikipedia. We will see that this organized group is extremely well coordinated, focussed and is quite suave and sophisticated.

Observe the following:

  1. This is only an example of two users who are actively involved in Anti Hindu activities. There are many such users.
  2. Note the topics. Almost all are related to Hinduism or are political in nature or target Indian authors who hold an alternative view point from theirs.
  3. Note an important column: “Min time between edits”. This showcases the time difference between the edit of one person and the other. So suppose user1 engages with me in a verbal dual or deletes my article and I am responding to him, there will be another attack within minutes or seconds from another collaborator User2.

 

PageMin time between editsUser1
edits
User 2
edits
Talk:Rajiv Malhotra23 seconds18195
Talk:Indo-Aryan migration theory40 seconds66185
Talk:Caste system in India45 seconds12285
Indra’s Net (book)47 seconds354
Talk:Hinduism47 seconds77109
Talk:Indigenous Aryans1 minutes2224
Talk:Ramana Maharshi1 minutes4192
2016 JNU sedition controversy1 minutes1822
Talk:Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi2 minutes923
Kanhaiya Kumar2 minutes1114
Talk:India2 minutes317
Talk:Sheldon Pollock2 minutes2146
Talk:Advaita Vedanta2 minutes463
Talk:Murty Classical Library of India2 minutes44
Talk:Iron Age India2 minutes41
Talk:2016 JNU sedition controversy3 minutes69
Ramana Maharshi3 minutes1395
Talk:Indo-Aryan peoples4 minutes1112
Sheldon Pollock4 minutes1089
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi5 minutes1156
Talk:Kakatiya dynasty6 minutes1322
Talk:Sarasvati River6 minutes108
Talk:Indus Valley Civilisation9 minutes3818
Talk:Hindu10 minutes387
Indo-Aryan migration theory10 minutes14193
Wikipedia talk:Noticeboard for India-related topics11 minutes2821
Caste system in India12 minutes50133
Template:Religion and politics12 minutes11
Talk:History of Hinduism14 minutes78
Talk:Nalanda14 minutes22
Neo-Vedanta15 minutes687
Talk:Dwarka17 minutes411
Talk:Charvaka17 minutes15
Hinduism20 minutes31153
Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2015 May 2125 minutes12
Talk:Sanskrit37 minutes13
Talk:Kuru Kingdom37 minutes74
Neo-Advaita37 minutes463
Talk:Arya Vaishya38 minutes65
Hinduism in India40 minutes82
Talk:History of India51 minutes3919
Dwarka1 hours416
Kakatiya dynasty1 hours1016
Indo-Aryan migration debate1 hours771
Ayodhya dispute1 hours152
Talk:Sikhism2 hours626
Template:Hindu philosophy2 hours126
Kuru Kingdom3 hours55
Śramaṇa3 hours72
History of the Hindu-Arabic numeral system3 hours141
Koenraad Elst4 hours135
Talk:Unifying Hinduism4 hours3
History of Hinduism4 hours1214
Sharada Peeth5 hours21
California textbook controversy over Hindu history

 

Conclusion

I had filed an official complaint on Wikipedia in this regard. As expected the senior editors took no action against this organized “hunting in pairs”.

Finally I really think It is important to spread this word that Wikipedia is not at all neutral and is completely dominated by the West and Marxists.

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