[FSUG-Bangalore] Time for a Change
raviscn at gmail.com
Thu Nov 20 12:21:58 IST 2008
"its good not to mix up a Political Party Propoganda with the Free
Software Movements Ideals. There is nothing political about Free
I just have few lines on above quote; I'm not in a position to comment
any of the people who are on the board.
The kind of work we need to do for bringing more people under the
wings of free software and the fight we need to do against the
proprietary S/w and endorsing companies is having political nature.
These companies and MNCs are leveraging the political influence for
forwarding their interests. It would be good to think how Intellectual
properties rights, copyright laws take space in this world and what
are the methods these companies following for protecting their
comercial/ capital interests. It would be also thought provoking to
think on the politics [of apolitics] in similar streams also. Why NDA
govt put medical patent on product instead of process [Which India was
following from the time of independence]; who influenced them? What
are the adverse effects?
We can provide a handful of subjects to show the politics of apolitics
and the need of proper politics for countering such tendencies. By the
way the activities that are doing by some of board members which are
mentioned here show the political nature of the work.
"It would be good to know the kind of right from advocacy to meeting
the National Policy
Makers on the patents issues. I dont know where you get these ideas
that the FSF Community in India isnt doing a good job. They might have
not been vocal in the recent past, thats because of the much running
around they are doing for the patents troll, meeting officials from
It will be highly unrealistic to think or portray other way around.
On 11/19/08, Ramakrishna Reddy <ramkrsna at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Roshan
> On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 7:56 AM, Roshan Phillip
> <roshan.phillip at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I think it is high time for a change....we need a strong organization
>> to take this movement forward. And for that we need a strong
>> leadership. Nagarjuna, Arun etc are good..but their activities seem
>> too localized.
> Can you elaborate on what the localized bit in here ? Nagarjuna, Arun
> M have been active, right from advocacy to meeting the National Policy
> Makers on the patents issues. I dont know where you get these ideas
> that the FSF Community in India isnt doing a good job. They might have
> not been vocal in the recent past, thats because of the much running
> around they are doing for the patents troll, meeting officials from
> the PMO.
>> I think Kiran Chandra has proved himself as a very able leader within
>> a short span. His activities in Andhra, Grass root level work in
>> Bangalore, the big event in Chennai and finally in Kochi, all these
>> are just signs of how an organization should be taken forward.
> Kiran is a fine individual. He has done a good job among right from
> educating students to beauracrats in Andhra, Idea of freedom in
> science and technology to Political parties . He has been doing it
> very much as a part FSF India Board. The Organization is going
>> Moreover, an organization cannot work in isolation. Kiran's close
>> connections with the Communist Party can be and should be used for the
>> benefit of the organization. Being the editor of CPI(M)s very popular
>> newspaper, he should be able to take the organization to the next
> Its good not to mix up a Political Party Propoganda with the Free
> Software Movements Ideals. There is nothing political about Free
> Software. Do not mixup Kirans professional affiliations to FSFI. I'm
> sure Kiran will do a pretty fine job for the freesoftware moment in
> India, even without his personal and political affiliations.
>> On behalf of the free software volunteers across the country, i
>> request the current leadership to step down gracefully, as it is high
>> time for a change.
> I beg your pardon..on behalf of whom ? It looks more of an individual
> This sounds more like BCCI offering to play testmatch if you agree to
> retire .
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