The on-going conversation at the Grants application page of CIS-A2K has also seen some
comments made about the Wikimedia India Chapter. You can read the conversation on-wiki
I would encourage the community members who have thus far engaged CIS-A2K with criticism
to also take the time and effort to do the same with the Wikimedia India Chapter. As Asaf
points out in the above conversation, the Chapter is a community created resource and I
think it is upto the community to decide on the effectiveness of the work done by this
organisation. Without community involvement, no matter how passionate the WMIN EC or a few
members inside the Chapter are, it will not make any impact.
I see no communication from the WMIN EC on their own grant application and their status
thereafter. I do believe they were wronged in not getting the funds they requested for.
However, I think it would be mature to move on and also to use the interim period to build
resources that seek to make WMIN's funding sources independent of WMF and to expand
If the WMIN EC would thus like to engage the community, I would suggest that they open a
conversation on wiki (preferably, Meta) in what they seek from community members and to
try and understand what community members expect from the Chapter. Revitalising the
Wikimedia India chapter is in the long term interest of the movement in India. Keeping the
Chapter accountable is the community's responsibility. However, it is for each
community member and not a few to make this decision. Help has been offered to the Chapter
from WMF, CIS-A2K and I am sure from the community as well. I would love to see the
chapter revitalised and a pragmatic programme evolved around the same.
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