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Why I want Wikipedia to refund my donation

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I am, Anjan Kumar Deveshwar, doing my bit to help the society. Recently I came across an emotional appeal from “Wikipedia” to donate at least 150 INR. to help them thrive. They almost pleaded for survival “We ask you, humbly: don’t scroll away”. As per them only less than 02% of the readers pay them. I was moved by all this and felt a bit guilty so decided to pay 150 INR, to my surprise I was asked to pay 25 INR extra to cover the transaction charges. I was taken aback by this as all the UPI transactions are free at least in our country Bharat, however, I paid 150 INR only as I was not convinced by theory of 25 INR exhorbitant transaction charges.

Immediately after the payment I received an Email from Katherine Maher, (Executive Director Wikimedia Foundation) which read “Thank you for giving Wikipedia shape, and purpose, and momentum. Thank you for fitting us into your life. With immense gratitude- Katherine Maher.

I proudly shared this on on my twitter handle @anjandeveshwar and FB. As soon as I posted this I came across “OpIndia” articles about biased attitude of wikipedia also my friends started telling me about the agenda of Wikipedia after this I did extensive research and found that for Delhi riots wikipedia squarely blames Hindus while kingpin “Tahir Hussain” is a Muslim while on the contrary for Bangalore riots they don’t want to name the religion of the rioters, while the religion of rioters is very much evident, therefore, I neither want to give shape, purpose and momentum to such communal and arrogant organisation nor I want them to fit in my life until and unless they mend their ways hence I want my money back. I also asked katherine Maher why the transaction charges are so high, still waiting for the reply. Thank you OpIndia for opening my eyes and for giving an opportunity to write this article.

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