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Is Wikipedia Independent?

Is wikipedia 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. Most of us might be aware that on Wikipedia, anyone can create articles as well as edit existing articles.

During my interactions with Wiki 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 the dominant narratives on many pages related to Sanatana Dharma, Indian history or Hindu texts were the so called leftist versions.

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 miniscule 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 – Namely User 2.
Page Min time between edits User1
edits
User 2
edits

Talk:Rajiv Malhotra

23 seconds — 

18

195

Talk:Indo-Aryan migration theory

40 seconds — 

66

185

Talk:Caste system in India

45 seconds — 

122

85

Indra's Net (book)

47 seconds — 

3

54

Talk:Hinduism

47 seconds — 

77

109

Talk:Indigenous Aryans

1 minutes —

22

24

Talk:Ramana Maharshi

1 minutes — 

4

192

2016 JNU sedition controversy

1 minutes —

18

22

Talk:Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

2 minutes — 

9

23

Kanhaiya Kumar

2 minutes — 

11

14

Talk:India

2 minutes — 

31

7

Talk:Sheldon Pollock

2 minutes — 

21

46

Talk:Advaita Vedanta

2 minutes — 

4

63

Talk:Murty Classical Library of India

2 minutes — 

4

4

Talk:Iron Age India

2 minutes —

4

1

Talk:2016 JNU sedition controversy

3 minutes — 

6

9

Ramana Maharshi

3 minutes — 

1

395

Talk:Indo-Aryan peoples

4 minutes —

11

12

Sheldon Pollock

4 minutes — 

10

89

Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

5 minutes —

11

56

Talk:Kakatiya dynasty

6 minutes — 

13

22

Talk:Sarasvati River

6 minutes — 

10

8

Talk:Indus Valley Civilisation

9 minutes — 

38

18

Talk:Hindu

10 minutes —

38

7

Indo-Aryan migration theory

10 minutes — 

14

193

Wikipedia talk:Noticeboard for India-related topics

11 minutes — 

28

21

Caste system in India

12 minutes — 

50

133

Template:Religion and politics

12 minutes —

1

1

Talk:History of Hinduism

14 minutes — 

7

8

Talk:Nalanda

14 minutes — 

2

2

Neo-Vedanta

15 minutes — 

6

87

Talk:Dwarka

17 minutes — 

4

11

Talk:Charvaka

17 minutes — 

1

5

Hinduism

20 minutes — 

31

153

Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2015 May 21

25 minutes — 

1

2

Talk:Sanskrit

37 minutes —

1

3

Talk:Kuru Kingdom

37 minutes — 

7

4

Neo-Advaita

37 minutes — 

4

63

Talk:Arya Vaishya

38 minutes — 

6

5

Hinduism in India

40 minutes —

8

2

Talk:History of India

51 minutes — 

39

19

Dwarka

1 hours — 

4

16

Kakatiya dynasty

1 hours — 

10

16

Indo-Aryan migration debate

1 hours — 

7

71

Ayodhya dispute

1 hours — 

15

2

Talk:Sikhism

2 hours — 

6

26

Template:Hindu philosophy

2 hours — 

1

26

Kuru Kingdom

3 hours — 

5

5

Śramaṇa

3 hours — 

7

2

History of the Hindu-Arabic numeral system

3 hours — 

14

1

Koenraad Elst

4 hours — 

13

5

Talk:Unifying Hinduism

4 hours — 

1

3

History of Hinduism

4 hours — 

12

14

Sharada Peeth

5 hours — 

2

1

California textbook controversy over Hindu history

5 hours — 

15

5

Allama Prabhu

5 hours — 

8

63

Talk:B. R. Ambedkar

5 hours — 

6

1

Rajiv Malhotra

6 hours — 

3

48

Talk:Slavery and religion

6 hours — 

18

3

Sikhism

7 hours —

6

9

B. R. Ambedkar

8 hours — 

2

8

Sarasvati River

9 hours — 

19

3

Talk:Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh

9 hours —

20

1

Shiva

9 hours —

4

6

Arya Vaishya

11 hours — 

3

5

Talk:Shrauta

17 hours —

4

2

Indo-Aryan peoples

1 days — 

19

22

Indo-European migrations

1 days —

3

37

Om

1 days — 

3

1

Hindu

1 days — 

14

2

India

1 days —

35

12

Agni

1 days — 

2

76

Ramakrishna

2 days — 

11

85

Ashoka

2 days — 

8

3

Genetics and archaeogenetics of South Asia

2 days — 

15

1

Gautama Buddha

2 days — 

1

43

Sanskrit

3 days — 

3

2

The Battle for Sanskrit

4 days — 

1

2

Hindutva

5 days —

17

1

Kurukshetra War

5 days — 

1

25

Historical Vedic religion

7 days — 

5

4

Varna (Hinduism)

8 days — 

7

8

User talk:Captain Spark

9 days — 

2

2

User talk:Drmies

10 days — 

3

19

JNU sedition controversy

14 days — 

1

1

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

14 days — 

1

6

Tamils

16 days — 

1

1

Indigenous Aryans

16 days — 

9

3

Yoga ve

17 days — 

2

33

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case

18 days — 

1

6

Vedic period

22 days — 

1

5

Adivasi

26 days — 

3

3

Being Different

30 days — 

2

15

Invading the Sacred

42 days — 

1

13

Krishna

44 days — 

20

1

Vedic-Puranic chronology

51 days — 

2

10

Indo-Iranians

54 days — 

6

2

Hindu reform movements

55 days — 

3

1

Aryan

58 days — 

17

1

Digital India

69 days — 

1

3

Shakya

70 days — 

1

6

Wikipedia:Genetic research on the origins of India's population

71 days — 

1

2

Sanātanī

83 days —

1

1

Lingayatism

84 days — 

1

3

Arvind Sharma

107 days — 

2

2

Indo-Aryan languages

117 days —

5

1

Kashmir

140 days — 

12

2

Indra

155 days —

5

1

Indian philosophy

240 days — 

1

3

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.

Author: Aditya Agrawal

Published: March 28, 2016

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