Effective 01 February 2016, I have changed the nature of my engagement with Wikimedia India (WMIN) from staff to volunteer.

I joined WMIN when the overall scene in the Indian Wikimedia movement was tumultuous. It wasn’t easy getting things back on track. In the last 16 months, I hope I have succeeded in restoring the trust of all stakeholders including WMF, CIS-A2K, and the community. It was an honour to represent the movement in India, and I thank all who have helped me shoulder this responsibility. I know that I have played my part in empowering at least one Wikimedian to contribute more actively and nurturing at least one Wikimedia community. And that gives me immense satisfaction as I sign off as WMIN’s Program Director.

At the moment, WMIN cannot hire or retain any staff until it gets FCRA permanent registration and succeeds in securing next grant. I hope to continue serving WMIN as a volunteer to the best of my abilities while it undergoes this transition.  I will also be contributing to various Wikimedia projects and events as usual in my capacity as a volunteer.

I wish WMIN all the best and look forward to it playing a bigger role in the movement as it matures.