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I stand by fact that we are all Indians". The comments by Heptuallah coming on the back of what is being seen as a BJP effort to legitimize the much decried RSS remark that all Indians were culturally Hindus were met with massive outcry Congress spokesman Manish Tewari asked her to go read the constitution again saying that it specifically referred to citizens of the country as ‘Indians’ The comment by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was "The cultural identity of all Indians is Hindutva and the present inhabitants of the country are descendants of this great culture If inhabitants of England are English Germany are Germans and USA are Americans then why all inhabitants of Hindustan are not known as Hindus" Published: February 4 2014 5:01 am Related News On Sunday UTI MF celebrated its Golden Jubilee in Mumbai The function celebrating the anniversary of a quasi-government mutual fund would have been an innocuous take-note item in the newspapers It didn’t for two reasons First finance minister P Chidambaram was there to deliver a speech which made the occasion newsworthy The second is more peculiar UTI MF has not been around for 50 years or even anything close to it The company was set up in January 2003 and has completed only eleven years since The company however has had a difficult parentage It is one of the two offspring of UTI that was set up by Parliament in 1964 Had that UTI been around now a 50-year bash would have been appropriate But in 2001 when the stock market scam broke out it took this company down with it I am not saying this as a rhetorical point The UTI Act was repealed in Parliament and the institution was bifurcated Of these the Specified Undertaking of UTI took upon itself all the residual liabilities of the parent company So any claims coming from anywhere were to be addressed to this company The liabilities of the infamous US 64 for instance was its responsibility and so the Government of India kept an open-ended financing scheme operational till all the demands against India’s first mutual fund was extinguished The same happened to the entities which had been carved out of UTI like Axis Bank SUUTI still holds 27 per cent shares of Axis Bank which too renamed itself to clear any association with the UTI brand The other was UTI MF which came into being as a spanking new entity with a new set of sponsors It had no truck with the past happenings at UTI It was after a lot of deliberations that the government of the day retained the name but any journalist who even in passim referred to the new company as an extension of the parent got an immediate rebuttal from the management of the new company including on occasions a visit to the office of the reporter In the first two years of the new company it also celebrated its anniversary as the first the second and so on As UTI MF soon began to lose market share to its private sector competitors the reasons for the anniversary celebrations of course dwindled The bigger problem created by the jubilee celebrations is however elsewhere The government in 2003 handed out rather spartan returns to those who lost money with US 64 and the other assured-returns schemes after investing in them with the belief that those were sovereign-backed If UTI MF is taking over the old mantle what if some of those who lost money then decide they too want their cases opened afresh Subhomoy is a deputy editor based in New Delhi [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Jaithirth Rao | Published: November 4 2014 3:41 am Vijay Seshadri Related News Prizes are universally looked down upon by those who have a self-imposed sense of intellectual arrogance After all Orwell or Auden never got the Nobel — the best argument in our armoury But I am now retracting a bit Prizes do have their uses I would never have heard of Vijay Seshadri had he not won a Pulitzer for poetry And of course as soon as anyone with an Indian name gets recognition we are busy claiming him or her as one of our own Seshadri was born in Bangalore; for that matter I too was born in Bangalore two years before him That is where the similarity ends Despite our claims on him let there be no mistake: Seshadri is an American But given his name given our chauvinism and xenophobia it was inevitable that HarperCollins India should quickly reprint Seshadri’s 2013 anthology 3 Sections So one gets to read this poet And what a poet he turns out to be I read his anthology and re-read it a couple of times in one day and promptly sent e-mails to many of my friends that Seshadri’s poem “Personal Essay” merits being in the same league as TS Eliot’s “Four Quartets” As one of my friends pointed out such praise should be doled out sparingly But trust me the praise is well deserved Seshadri handles language with felicity and aplomb He not only inhabits his couch in vacant and pensive moods but he also walks around with awesome verbs in his pockets and he drops them with panache as he seeks the objective correlates of emotions He is an American master in the tradition of Whitman Melville and Eliot His prose poem “Pacific Fishes of Canada” is almost self-consciously modelled after Melville To use his words he wallows in his “version of the well-documented affliction that causes people to live in literature rather than life” His self-deprecating modesty which is part of his general style is a trifle misplaced Reading this composition which is set in the Pacific mostly in the Bering Sea one is forced to fall back on the half-forgotten images of the Atlantic coast of New England of harpoons and of course of Ishmael the narrator For the record Melville was not only the author of Moby Dick he was also an accomplished poet Seshadri is a worthy intellectual and artistic descendant of the master His shorter poems combine wit a sense of poignancy and an uncanny ability to drop a phrase or two that lodges in the interstices that seem to exist between the reader’s neural synapses — a description that I feel Seshadri would concur with — for that seems to be his intent The intertwining of the physical and the mental which gains traction in our contemporary world is something that Seshadri is acutely aware of; he grapples with it extensively repeatedly and with a febrile level of intensity Two centuries ago one could talk of the body and the mind as distinct objects; some even talked of the soul Today we have to face up to the fact that chemical and micro-electrical impulses inside a small organ encased by the skull in fact may be the only soul we have Sanskrit poets felt that a heightened sense of discrimination — which they referred to as “viveka” separated humans from other life forms Seshadri is wryly aware that these divisions may be artificial After all consciousness may just be visible on a brain scan in one’s “perisylvian pathways and declivities” Our earlier consensus clearly stands “startled” The piece de resistance of the anthology is the longish “Personal Essay” Unlike Eliot who makes a separation between Little Gidding and Burnt Norton Seshadri writes his poem in one continuous stanza with no breaks whatsoever He seems to be making the point that in the 21st century we live in parallel time not in sequential space We are simultaneously aware of the screen on which we are writing the music that filters in through our earphones our non-conversations with neighbours our electrical connections to the outer universe and so much more And in the midst of it all each of us remains “a face astonished by itself in the mirror” He has already told us elsewhere that he is a man trapped in a man’s body Now he goes on to tell us that our “identities are either accidents or conspiracies which are the same” The poem is a long meditation on the human predicament not only in this universe of infinite spaces but entirely simultaneously in Brooklyn and JFK airport very tangible immediate physical neighbourhoods Seshadri’s use of the figure of speech of repetition repeating himself once twice and then repeating himself in yet another way is brilliant to the point of out-Elioting Eliot His ability to relate the physical to the personal trances each of us has to live with sets him apart as one of the poets of the English language who will over the years grow in stature Let me end with two quotes from the poem “Personal Essay” with every hope that readers will buy his book (the price at Rs 299 is paltry as the poet himself would in probability say): l “Look at an old man on a street with fixed concentration and he resolves/ Into his colours and shapes and durations/ He’s arbitrary He’s accidental/ He could have been put together in a number of ways/ Why this instead of that He could be a toy He is a toy but whose/ Look at his neighbourhood with the concentration of an eight-year-old/ and slowly it resolves to a composition comprising/ rectangles triangles boxes lines polygons convex polygons/ parallelograms rhomboids quadrilaterals pyramids dodecagons hexagons octagons/ stars of Lakshmi arbelosdeltoids Archimedean spirals/ magatamas triquetras Yin-Yangs” l “Stare at a word in a book long enough and that word/ slowly uncouples itself from what it means/ The meaning backs away/ The meaning is being evicted from/ The structure of glyphs that it has rented” I rest my case The writer is a Mumbai-based entrepreneur For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi:A tweet by Congress leader Manish Tewari on Tuesday asking why the BJP government “did nothing” about the alleged crucifixion of an Indian Catholic priest by Islamic State jihadists in Yemen attracted a lot of censure on the social media platform with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asking twitterati to "reply" to Tewari Tewari tweeted: “So ISIS allegedly crucified Father Thomas Uzhunnali BJP Govt did nothing Why because he was a Christian Mr PM he was also a fellow Indian” Sushma Swaraj who has been active on twitter in reaching out to Indians abroad in need of help tweeted: “Friends – I have liked some tweets Please see them and judge for yourself Then reply to @ManishTewari” Friends – I have liked some tweets Please see them and judge for yourself Then reply to @ManishTewari https://tco/O1IN2iEDrr — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 29 2016 A Catholic priest on Tuesday said there is no confirmation yet about the "crucifixion" of the Indian priest Father Thomas Uzhunnallil However Tewari’s tweet attracted a lot of flak One twitterati asked: “What has the BJP got to do with this And if your memory still works remember how you people let Sarabjeet (Singh) die in Pakistan” Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj PTI Another reasoned: “That’s ok. 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