I am happy to see that this project has been funded.
Shyamal, your criticism is all valid, but I feel that it misses an
important point. That point is that the Wikimedia community owes India 1/6
of all community funds (India is 1/6 of world population) and very little
of the money owed actually goes to India. As someone in the United States I
feel continually concerned about why Wikimedia contributors in India argue
about portions of the money available without making plans to take all of
what is owed.
Whatever happens in the future with Wikimedia community grants in India in
the future, I hope that more people look to apply for more funds. I think
this one was funded because the money was available for India and this was
the best available proposal. Some people may feel that this is not the best
project - those people should write better grants and propose better
I would like to see more regional user groups in India be founded. It only
takes 3 people, and user groups will be treated by the Wikimedia community
as equal to the Wikimedia India chapter. If anyone feels that the chapter
does not represent them, then they can start a user group or even a second
Wikimedia India chapter.
Whatever happens - please more grant requests from India! I think this
project is good, but also I recognize that few proposals come from India.
Request more, make more plans, make plans over time, and please more people
start thinking about what you will do with your 1/6 allotment when
Wikimedia community organizers are mature enough as a collective to manage
it. In business India has some of the best management infrastructure in the
world. In the NGO sector... I regret that very often development is
difficult and argumentative in India. I wish for more collaboration in
India because money is there to support.
On Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 7:31 AM, Yohann Thomas <yohannvt(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Shyamal
> I have responded to your questions/doubts
on the PEG page. But this being
> the last, lets keep the PEG page discussion different & mailing list
> discussion different. Don't want to unnecessary spam inboxes for those not
> interested in our discussion. Those interested can always read our fruitful
> discussions on the grant page.
> Yohann Thomas
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