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Meenakshi nandhini

Jalajamoni, better known by her username as Meenakshi nandhini (Malayalam) in the Indic Wikimedia community, is a prolific editor and administrator on Malayalam Wikipedia. This month, we are celebrating her exceptional contributions to the Indic communities and the Wikimedia movement.

Meenakshi first noticed Malayalam Wikipedia when she and her daughter were browsing the internet to learn about medicinal plants. Malayalam is spoken by 34 million people in India and millions more in diaspora. Meenakshi found that Malayalam Wikipedia had a wealth of information as well as knowledge gaps. This prompted her to start editing.

Her first edit was on 4th November 2017 and she eventually became a dedicated admin and contributor. Meenakshi is proud to have written 8,796 articles in Malayalam and 25 in English, and has some edits on Wikisource and Wikidata. The first article she worked on, Paramaribo (in original Malayalam), became featured on Malayalam Wikipedia. She read more, edited more, and participated in different contests, like the Wikipedia Asian Month and took on multiple 100 wikidays challenges. Feeling lonely at home, Meenakshi would sometimes be on Wikipedia from morning to evening, at one point writing 25 articles in a day. Two other of her most favourite featured articles on Malayalam Wikipedia are the oscar fish (original Malayalam) and the Arunachalesvara Temple (original Malyalam).

When asked what motivates her to contribute so much, Meenakshi responded Wikipedia is a treasure for the future. Spending an hour on Wikipedia can benefit millions.

Meenakshi sees that among editors in her community, some are quick to tag articles for maintenance and improvement. She invites more to take up the challenge to help write and improve. She proudly shared that her articles are rarely tagged for improvement and if they are, she would fix them immediately. Related challenges in her project are machine-translated articles and one-sentence stubs with few active editors to help fix and improve.

At the moment, there are few active admins in the Malayalam community, and she hopes with greater outreach and more offline activities, as well as online ones, her community can thrive and grow. Historically, contests and campaigns have helped to bring in new editors in her community, but not without challenges either, and retaining editors in general has been difficult. She has also seen how politics and polemics instead of verifiability and neutrality have contributed to a rhetoric of mistrust against Wikipedia amongst some Malayalam speakers. She tries to stay clear of personal narratives and polarized articles. Scientific articles, healthcare, women’s biographies, and articles related to history, botanical plants and paintings are among her favourites.

Like a true Wikimedian with many hats, Meenakshi is a pharmacist by profession and runs a pharmaceutical shop in her hometown near Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Her daughter (Monusha) is also an active Wikimedian in Malayalam nearing the completion of her PhD in biotechnology. Her mother is very proud.

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Wikipedia is a treasure for the future. Spending an hour on Wikipedia can benefit millions.

Main project: Malayalam Wikipedia

First started editing: 4th November 2017

Her favorite article: Oscar fish

Oscar fish

What an inspiring Wikimedian!

Congratulations, Meenakshi nandhini!

Your work will indeed benefit millions, for years to come. Thank you for everything you do! Asaf (WMF) (talk) 15:37, 1 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]


@Meenakshi nandhini: Congratulations with this recognition! Thanks for all the work you're doing, fascinating to quickly browse through your edits and see all the mountains you've moved! Effeietsanders (talk) 19:55, 7 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Malayalee Wikimedian

@Meenakshi nandhini Congratulations, Ma'am for this recognition. Well deserved. Moolamattom (talk) 07:16, 9 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]

శుభాకాంక్షలు మీనాక్షి గారు

భారతీయ సముదాయానికి మీరు ఏంతో స్ఫూర్తి వంతం .. అభినందనలు Kasyap (talk) 09:39, 11 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]

New generation

@Meenakshi nandhini First I would love to congratulate you from South Africa.Your work is clear and beautiful,one day I know the inspiration your giving to me and others come with blessings to.

Not to forget your daughter who has been there to support you.

Congratulations!!! :) Tumziix (talk) 23:56, 11 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]


You have been a great help Jothiram1641 (talk) 07:32, 13 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]


Congratulations, keep it up. We are proud of you. Bello Na'im (talk) 17:30, 13 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]


Congratulations madam! Thanks for supporting Malayalam Wikipedia during a crucial time. Vis M (talk) 14:32, 16 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]


Congratulations--MikheilBeruashvili (talk) 15:53, 16 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]

A Kindred Spirit!

We live on different sides of the world but I feel like we have so much in common. Congratulations and thank you for your amazing work! Penny Richards (talk) 00:48, 18 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you

❤️ Camelia (talk) 19:34, 19 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]


Congratulations to the top Malayalam Wikipedia editor! Well done on your outstanding contributions and dedication to enhancing knowledge in the Malayalam language. Your efforts have made a significant impact on the accessibility and quality of information for countless readers. Keep up the excellent work! —Gwanki✉️ 10:17, 22 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]


Congratulations for improving and providing content for the future generations. the world celebrate you. Thanks for your outstanding efforts.Musa Vacho77 (talk) 08:39, 30 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]


Congratulations To Meenakshi nandini gaaru, Thanks for your outstanding efforts. Keep inspiring us. Nskjnv (talk) 03:34, 31 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]