Usually i ignore trolls but a certain individual is using his new found popularity on SM to insult genuine champions like @trramesh @jsaideepak @ShefVaidya n many more. i had earlier blocked him as i felt it beneath me to engage in such but seems time has come
His first allegation is disputing this interview where retired head of Idol wing Mdm Thilagavati IPS credits my role in indentifying artefacts linked to Subhash Kapoor. Important to know that Kapoor was arrested in sept 2011 in Germany. Why is the date important ?
He then alleges that i had hijacked FIR's lodged by another IPS officer claiming wrongful credit for his work. So let me begin with the Vriddhachalam Ardhanari - work i did with @ChasingAphrodit #pulitzerfinalist… n @michaelamarea n Srivatsan of @thehindu
Vriddhachalam key dates - July 1 2013 @jasonfelch publishes this on my match… n @michaelamarea on 6th jul 2013…
n finally the Hindu on Jul 21st 2013…
Now we that we have established the key dates lets look at the actual FIR lodged by the idol wing for the Vriddhachlam Ardhanari - 31-07-2013
The rest of the pages of Idol wing FIR for Vriddhachalam Ardhanari
The relevant extract of the FIR says it was filed based on the Hindu paper report of 21/7/2013 - so who has hijacked whose work ?
Now more direct evidence - our team visited Sendamanglam in feb 2014 n discovered an empty niche n further prodding revealed that a Brahma was stolen during the Thane storm. Emails to the said officer on april 3rd n confirmation email of FIR being filed on April 8th.
The Brahma is still missing but our investigations with US law enforcement managed to track the Dancing Sambandar stolen from the same temple n matched to insitu photos of IFP by us helped its seizure from Kapoor as part of #Kapoorloot #TheIdolThief #OperationHiddenIdol
He then goes on to allege my access to the IFP archive. Dedication slide by Dr. Murugesan IFP at an ASI workshop to combat illicit trafficking in BLR, the Book Shadow of the Gods launched by @narendramodi n then French Premier n a dedication inside naming me n @jasonfelch
His next allegation is how @juggernautbooks chose to publish my work #TheIdolThief. They had reached out to @jasonfelch n i am ever grateful for his reply "There is only one person I would recommend to write the book: Vijay Kumar, a native of Chennai who now lives in Singapore."
my editors @ParthPMehrotra n publishers @juggernautbooks ably supported by a competent team of lawyers, a whole annexure of references to ensure it was authentic. they also made is free to read on their app #TheIdolThief during covid times which apparently the troll hasnt read !
his most recent rant is disputing my role in some recent returns. The Nalanda buddha thefts that had baffled India since 1961… cracked with the support of @sauterne @ARCA_artcrime @sanjeevsanyal @rahulnangare
what the troll doest see is how news was manipulated to show prowess. arrest of a key supplier Sanjeevi Ashokan #TheIdolThief on March 2009 n then playing on public n the trolls lack of memory highlighting his rearrest on March 2018 "after being elusive for 22 yrs"
Another accusation of the troll is that i have not filed a single complaint - yes, my job is to assist honest investigations n not fake n frivolous complaints. for eg, this Sembian Madevi bronze -allegation was it was removed dishonestly by HR&CE officials 30-40 years ago.
Even a casual check on the Museum's site reveals they physically purchased the bronze in 1929. so much for due diligence but then such claims permanently cast aspersions on our police n legal systems making future claims shaky when authenticity is questionable
next accusation by the troll is questioning my ability to date icons. Hopefully he can set aside his ego n learn a lesson on two. &
Sincere advise to the troll is to have patience n not be disheartned with temp setbacks- long r these races n the recognition will come in due course. stay the course n maintain decorum. these are from 2010 - think b4 tarnishing a decade of work…
Classic foot in mouth case. The troll doesn't see HV got his lesson. If this is level of comprehension!! Posts "This is the FIR shared by .. on his recent tweet... Well, the complainant is R. Senthilvelan. Is @poetryinstone = Mr. R. Senthilvelan?! " Ithukku 3 retweet 10 like!

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