Thank You/Viswa Prabha

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Viswa Prabha

Here on Wikipedia, there are no celebrities. And I love that.

Here, everyone is equal. We all work together, and no one has a reason to stand out above the rest. And even though I started editing and contributing to Wikipedia in 2001 — almost at the beginning of Wikipedia — this is the first time anyone can see who I am.

Here, no one cares about your skin color, or your hairstyle, or how much money you make. Here, everyone is a human being, driven by the same basic desires to share knowledge and to be part of a community.

Together, we create the kind of world we want to live in. When I’m sharing Wikipedia with my 14-year-old daughter, I’m showing her all of the world’s knowledge, presented democratically and free for her to use forever.

As part of our community, individuals play a vital role. By contributing their knowledge and making small donations, they preserve Wikipedia for everyone. To me, this is a perfect example of why Wikipedia is so beautiful.

No one stands out above the rest — and we always have room for more.

— Viswa Prabha

Viswa Prabha was born and educated in Kerala, a southern state of India. As an engineer, he spent 25 years working at various locations in India and abroad. He recently returned to his home village to dedicate more time to the cause of Wikipedia. A veteran editor, he's contributed to Malayalam, Sanskrit and other Indic language Wikipedias since their early days. He also serves as a mentor, spreading the word about Wikipedia to rural and urban communities throughout India.

Image Attribution: Viswa Prabha by Karen Sayre, under CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported, from Wikimedia Commons.

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