From: Arvind Kumar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:42 AM
To: Kristin A. Davis <email@example.com>; Office of the President <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Plagiarism from my work by Cornell Professor
I would like to bring to your attention a case of plagiarism by one of your faculty members and I would like a swift resolution as we are in the age of internet and every moment contributes to multiplying and amplifying the false information your university has put out.
The core ideas in the paper by Andrew McDonald that was published in Nature Sustainability on the cause of Delhi air pollution has been stolen from my mainstream newspaper articles without any attribution to me. These articles were not buried in obscurity. They were in a mainstream newspaper, went viral, were republished on other websites including a popular website that focuses on ecology, have resulted in me being invited to TV panel discussions, resulted in Monsanto protesting my article, and in a NASA Scientist cited by McDonald tweeting it.
From Cornell University's press release reported in Science Daily:https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2 ... 125338.htm
"A new study reveals how water-use policies require farmers to transplant rice later in the year, which in turn delays harvests and concentrates agricultural burnings of crop residues in November -- a month when breezes stagnate -- leading to increased air pollution."
This is an unfair claim because that was exactly the content of my detailed article published in Sunday Guardian in 2017, 1.5 years before the publication of McDonald's paper.https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/12191-law-aiding-monsanto-reason-delhi-s-annual-smoke-season
My investigative journalism which uncovered the real reason for the smoke in Delhi is now being passed off as the result of scientific investigation by your professor. This is blatantly dishonest and unfair to me. It was also NOT a piece of independent research as such "researchers" are wont to claim. It was mine and mine alone. In fact, a NASA scientist, Dr. Hiren Jethva, who works on pollution and has been cited in McDonald's paper tweeted my article with the comment that he now understands why satellites detect more fires over Punjab only post-2009.
I also published a follow up article in 2018 after communicating with the NASA scientist which strengthened my theory.https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/opin ... moke-delhi
Had this scientist cited me in a paper instead of a tweet, you would have instantly considered McDonald's work to be plagiarism. The tweet too should be considered a citation in my favor and considered like any other paper.
I am the one who postulated that the change in direction of wind resulted in the smoke accumulating over the Delhi Metropolitan area, and I am the one who put in effort to study the wind patterns and confirm my suspicions. Likewise, I am the one who uncovered the fact that the reasons for the delay in planting rice were some laws in two Indian states in my original article.
To put it in simple terms, the key vision and hypothesis for McDonald's paper has been plagiarized from me.
What he has done is to gather more data to corroborate my theory. The theory is mine, not his. He merely provided supporting analysis for my theory and that is the correct way to describe it.
I suggest you fix this by attributing the key idea to me since all that McDonald did was to corroborate with some data analysis what I had already found out and published. A letter to Nature Sustainability in a prominent position that I was the inspiration for his study would be in order since I was the one who first not only connected the dots but imagined the dots and dug them out. Such a letter should not be placed behind any paywall.
Similarly, I think it is only fair that Cornell University issues a press release crediting me with the idea that he has claimed as his own and stating that the idea for the study was inspired by my articles in the major newspaper Sunday Guardian.
I hope you know that the "perfect storm" he mentions scenario requires a different kind of insight and imagination, and apart from having this unique insight, I also put in tremendous amount of effort studying the wind patterns and digging out the history of policy changes which until then had crossed no one else's mind.
If you wish to speak with me, I can be reached on my cell phone at