During the past several weeks, there has been significant developments and major changes in the team of governance of Wikimedia India Chapter (WMIN). The Executive Committee (EC) effective as of now, would like to clarify the sequence of events that unfolded and the remedial steps the EC took as and when necessary.
On August 27th, Moksh at 8:03pm tendered his resignation as the President of WMIN Chapter as well as a member of the Executive Committee. Within minutes, Pranav Curumsey too sent in his resignation from the position as an EC member.
With this, the number of remaining EC members became 5 (Five).
On 30th August, the remaining EC members immediately put up and passed an emergency Resolution accepting the resignation of both Moksh Juneja and Pranav Curumsey. This resolution was signed for by Jayanta, ViswaPrabha and Nikita. Srikanth signed against this. Karthik did not participate in this resolution.
Further, on the same day, another Emergency Resolution was passed to co-opt two new members to fill those two vacancies. By consensus, two senior Chapter members were selected to be the new EC members. All the then existing EC members viz. Jayanta Nath, ViswaPrabha, Srikanth, Nikita and Karthik unanimously voted for both these candidates.
Radhakrishna Arvapally, a senior Chapter member and former Chairperson of Bangalore SIG was one among them. Due to severe personal engagements, the other person gracefully refused to be an EC Member. Due to privacy concerns, we prefer to conceal his identity.
With this, the number of effective EC members became 6.
On 31st August, an Emergency Telecon was held. Jayanta Nath was elected as the new President as well as Radhakrishna as the new Secretary and ViswaPrabha as the Treasurer. All the existing EC members (viz. Jayanta, Radhakrishna, ViswaPrabha, Srikanth, Nikita and Karthik) attended this telecon and all of them had voted for the new office bearers unanimously.
On 2nd September 2014, there was another Telecon mainly to discuss about the urgent pending matters such as elections, AGM, formation of an advisory committee etc. All the Six EC members (viz. Jayanta, Radhakrishna, ViswaPrabha, Srikanth, Nikita and Karthik) had attended this meeting.
Soon after this meeting was over, Srikant submitted his resignation. With this, the number of effective EC members fell back to 5 (five). This necessitated the co-opting of two more members to the board of directors.
During the next EC telecom, which was held on 5th September, Dr. Ekbal Bappukunju was co-opted in. This was supported by all attendees (viz. Jayanta, Radhakrishna, ViswaPrabha, Nikita and Karthik) unanimously. The EC was now back with a strength of Six members. There was still one more vacancy in the board to be filled up. EC decided to seek out and absorb one more potential candidate from the list of chapter members.
Finally, on 10th September, during yet another Telecon, Nikhil Kawale was co-opted to the remaining one position. This meeting was attended by Jayanta, ViswaPrabha, Dr. Ekbal, Nikita and Karthik) all of them unanimously voted in favour of Nikhil.
As is evident from the above, Wikimedia India Chapter would like to state explicitly and assure everybody who may be concerned that at no point of time during this period, there was a decision or deliberation that took place without sufficient quorum or majority as stipulated by its Memorandum of Association. Further, the Executive Committee itself was never in minority as suggested by certain messages appeared in open mail lists.
The above circular is signed by the following members of the Executive Committee of Wikimedia India Chapter effective as on date:
President: Jayanta Nath
Secretary: Radhakrishna Arvapally
Dr. Ekbal Bappukunju