I am extremely lucky in receiving support and love from all of you. I am exceptionally lucky in finding my successors too! Few months back, I talked about why it is important to have a second line and announce it early (link).
I think this is the right time to step back and let the new team take over. JP as the National Coordinator is very lucky to have Harish Usgaonkar, helping him as Asst National Coordinator.
This is the best combination I could think of. Both have volunteered with TISA for the longest period. Above all, they truly understand self-help, which is the core and the soul of this community. They also realise that voluntarism may have its difficulties, but it is in tune with Indian spirit of selfless sewa- and the current “Open source” movement. The power of common man (“pws”) is everyday being acknowledged and celebrated.
Lastly, let us always remember- the real work is still being done by you- by listening respectfully to each other. It is a community of pws who wanted to help themselves by helping others- and continue to do so.
Central “Coordination”as a function is there to offer minimal coordination for few issues/ events which may affect us as a whole and also to interface with the outside world. That is all. You still are responsible for your self and your communication (not “fluency”)!
Lastly, as to my plans: I will be taking a long creative sabbatical: writing, thinking, walking in the tea gardens etc.! I will definitely be hand-holding the new team till this NC. No fears! The BEST is yet to come!
Much love and thanks!