[Fsf-friends] Statement of FSF India board on recent incidents

Deepa Paul |ദീപാ പോള്‍ deepa.paul at gmail.com
Sun Nov 30 19:04:01 IST 2008

On Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 5:56 PM, Nagarjuna G. <nagarjun at gnowledge.org> wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 5:44 PM, Deepa Paul |ദീപാ പോള്‍
> <deepa.paul at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> <snip> As mentioned in the answer to an earlier question, FSF India is not a
>>> mass movement and is not a democratic organisation.
>>> </quote>
>> I think the above sentence is little misleading.  First Part is OK.
>> But I believe Democracy exists within its board.
>> The process to select board does not need to be democratic completely.
>> for eg: GPLv3 drafting will be failure  if it was decided completely
>> by  users participating in drafting process. There was commitee ( not
>> democratically elected ) to analyse and take the needed .
>> But Democracy within the board is very important. It may be true that
>> FSF India is not working on  electoral / Representational democracy.
>> That is Ok.  But Democratic decision making in the board is important
>> to make it as a democratic structure
> I also think that the statement is too short and does not sound good.
> It may be changed to something like:
> FSF India is not meant to lead a mass movement, but it may support a
> mass movement, or its members may join or lead such mass movements.
> The members of the board are selected from the among the leads from
> within the free software community of India,  and the selected board
> of directors members work democratically.

That sounds good


> 'not democratic' does not sound good.   We can make an amendment to
> the FAQ after hearing some more constructive criticism.
> Nagarjuna

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