Join us: fb.com/missionariesofcharity Calcutta Will Take a Century to Recover from Mother Teresa. If Mother Teresa, to be canonised at the Vatican on September 4, is to be named a patron saint of anything it should be for “misinformation”. In the last 20 years of her life, truth became an unknown entity to her. The media aided and abetted her lack of integrity and in a way she cannot be blamed for believing in her own lies. Intellect was not her strong point and, for someone like her, to be surrounded by hordes of sycophants who were telling her if she said black was white then that had to be true, it became intoxicating. The media did spread the megayth about her, but she herself was the source. She repeatedly told the world she went around the city 24×7 “picking up” destitute from its squalid “gutters” (she did not), that she fed up to 9,000 in her soup kitchens (she did not), she never refused a helpless child (she did as a rule), that the dying destitute in her socalled home for the dying Nirmal Hriday died a “beautiful death” (they were treated harshly and often died a miserable, painful death). Mother Teresa was an ultimate politician who worked on behalf of the Vatican. No, she was not an “agent” as that would be conspiratorial. She did not have to do much subterfuge or skulduggery in India itself, as Indians, particularly the media, were in awe of her and connived with her. When she said in her Nobel speech that she created 61,237 fewer children from (slum) couples abstaining from sex, no one challenged her on her bogus and fantastic figure; neither did they ask her how at the height of the Cold War abortion could be the “greatest destroyer of peace” (said a thousand times, including in her Nobel speech). I do not blame world media as much as I blame Indian and particularly Kolkata media. Here she was, a jetsetting celebrity although appended with the epithet “of Calcutta” spending six to nine months in a year in Europe and the US, making strange claims about her work and about the disgusting state of the city, but never to be seen in the city’s disasters major or minor. Why was she not asked why she re-used needles on her residents in Nirmal Hriday (it was official policy) when she herself received the finest care in the world’s best hospitals? Even after her death, the Indian fear of bluebordered saris continues. On August 1, 2005, UK TV showed a child tied to a cot overnight in her orphanage one Kolkata newspaper grudgingly reported the matter with lots of “alleged”. During her lifetime, even that would be unthinkable. She was white, she hobnobbed with President Ronald Reagan (they were closest of buddies), and oh yes, she had the Nobel so she had to be divine. Did no one know that she hobnobbed with the Duvaliers of Haiti whose brutality was unsurpassed (whose opponents were often cut up and fed to dogs)? No one in India wanted to know. For the Western media, she was a metaphor, a setpiece, a stratospheric certainty of image in an uncertain and changing world. Conversely, Kolkata was the opposite metaphor of absolute degradation where “foetuses are given to dogs to eat” (as […]Read more "Calcutta Will Take a Century to Recover from Mother Teresa."
Join us: fb.com/missionariesofcharity LA Times: Was Mother Teresa a saint? Calcutta debates her legacy. Few people are as closely identified with a city as Mother Teresa is with Kolkata, the onetime colonial Indian capital where the Albanian nun garnered worldwide admiration for her work with the poor, infirm and outcast. As the Catholic Church prepares […]Read more "LA Times: Was Mother Teresa a saint? Calcutta debates her legacy."
Join us: fb.com/missionariesofcharity BBC: Skeptics go on the record about Mother Teresa’s upcoming sainthood. BBC – When Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who worked with the poor in the city of Kolkata (Calcutta), is declared a saint on Sunday, her critics will be insisting that faith had triumphed over reason and science. The Nobel […]Read more "BBC: Skeptics go on the record about Mother Teresa’s upcoming sainthood."