Dear Wikipedians,

First, I start with apologies if I have caused any disrespect to any. That
was not my intention and if I have,  I'm truly sorry.  I respect the
community and all the efforts.

Since my last email to the group earlier this year, I have consciously not
associated or falsified my position. I agree that my old business-card was
misleading and apologize for the confusion.

Its good to have clarity in this issue and this mail to the group clears the
confusion.  To reiterate, I'm not associate with the board in any capacity
and will contribute as a Wikipedian as another member of the community.

Thanks for the patience and once again, apologies.  If you have any further
queries from any member of the group, I'm happy to answer them.


Kiruba Shankar

On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 12:49 PM, Wikimedia India <>wrote:

> Date: 14 December 2010
> Dear All:
> There has been some public confusion as to the nature and status of Mr.
> Kiruba Shankar's involvement with the Wikimedia India Chapter. This notice
> seeks to clarify that:
>    - Mr. Kiruba Shankar was initially associated with efforts to set up a
>    Wikimedia India Chapter.
>    - He has publicly acknowledged that he is no longer involved with this
>    Chapter via an email on the 12th of March 2010 because, in Mr. Shankar's
>    words:
> “*There are times I overran myself in the assumption that Foundation
> formation time could happen sooner and assumed I'd be part of the board and
> hence a Director (designate) without realizing the really long gestation
> period it takes to set up the foudation *[sic]* or the confusion it would
> cause.*” 
> [1]<>
>    - However, this confusion has persisted and Mr. Shankar has, in the
>    recent past, clarified that he is in no way associated with the Wikimedia
>    India 
> Chapter.[2]<>
> [3]<>
>    - Sadly, it has come to our attention that he continues to make make
>    unwarranted and patently false representations as to the nature of his
>    association with the Wikimedia India Chapter. The most recent example being
>    his visiting card that states that he is a Director of Wikimedia India,
> [4]<>when
>  in fact no such position exists within the framework provided by the
>    Memorandum of Association of the Wikimedia India 
> Chapter.[5]<>
>    - When this was brought to his 
> attention,[6]<>Mr.
>  Shankar responded to note that “
>    *I ran out of my present bunch of cards and since I had to travel to
>    Lavasa for the INK conference, I had to pick my old bunch of unused cards
>    because my new cards got delayed from the printers. I had consciously been
>    striking out the position clearly on each of the cards ( attached are two
>    photos of the entire bunch and a closeup of one such card) . I'm sorry that
>    the card that your friend got missed out. If in doubt, you can check out
>    with others (though your friend) that I consciously stuck it 
> out.*”[7]<>
> [8]<>
> Given the continued nature of the confusion and misrepresentation, we have
> been forced to issue Mr. Shankar notice to cease and desist from such
> activity.[9]<>
> These notices have both been posted here:
> Yours faithfully,
> Wikimedia India EC
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