Thank you for this clear communication. Best wishes and looking forward to
working with you all toward our mission.
On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 6:11 AM, Jayanta Nath <jayanta(a)wikimedia.in> wrote:
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
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
Wikimedia India Chapter
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