A Fresh Look at Mother Teresa

M G Singh By M G Singh, 26th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2a01tw5w/
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Mother Teresa is supposed to have done a lot of good for the poor, but it was a vested interest and she let poverty flourish

Mother Teresa Institutionalized Poverty


Mother Teresa is honored all over the world, but what is the popular perception is quite different from reality. A look beneath the veneer some time shows a different color. So is the case of mother Teresa. I for one have never been convinced of her selfless devotion to the poor.
The fact is that she is untouchable as a great figure and criticizing her is like trying to criticize God himself. This popular perception is in a great part due to the Catholic Church. But a dispassionate analysis will show that Mother Teresa actually institutionalized poverty, she never wanted it eradicated.
Let us look at her Nobel Prize for peace. To say the least this surprised even her ardent supporters as she never did anything to further peace in the world. Her acceptance speech in Oslo is worth quoting “Abortion is the worst evil and the greatest enemy of peace... Because if a mother can kill her own child, what will prevent us from killing ourselves or one another? Nothing”
She saw no relation between poverty and population and having more children. She had a simplistic view and propagated that having more children in India was Gods will. It didn’t matter to her that greater the population greater the poverty index.
Her ‘homes for the dying’ in Calcutta are much celebrated in the west. One of her own volunteers has described them similar to Nazi Concentration camps. There were no chairs, no stretcher beds. In addition there were virtually no Medicare or pain killers available other than aspirin. Her so called homes were like human warehouses where 50/60 ill persons were crammed in one room and without any medical cover. Even the sanitary conditions were abysmal. \
This is hard to reconcile when her global income was so vast that she could have equipped at least 100 first class clinics in Calcutta. The fact she didn’t do it was deliberate and is overlooked .That is the reason some people say she institutionalized poverty.
When she herself needed treatment she entered the finest and costliest Medicare clinics. She herself lived an opulent life style and spent most of her time out of Calcutta. She claimed that there were 102 family assistance centers in Calcutta. But an investigation by Aroup Chatterjee could not reveal a single such center.
In 1994, two British journalists, Christopher Hitchens and Tariq Ali (a prominent Trotskyist), produced a critical British Channel 4 documentary, Hell's Angel, based on Chatterjee's work. All I have to say is that what is apparent is not real and it's about time that Mother Teresa was properly understood.

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Calcutta, Homes For The Dying, India, Medical Care For Poor, Mother Teresa, Nobel Prize

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author avatar Buzz
26th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you for giving us another facet of the life of Mother Teresa.

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author avatar Denise O
26th Dec 2011 (#)

Madan, I have heard Christopher Hitchins on a news program around 3 years or so ago. he was saying what you have stated also. I never knew he did a documentary. I need to check it out. What struck me, with Christopher was, the anger he had in his voice about Mother teresa. I like many (must have) would not listen to this guy, how dare he say these things! I need to look into this more now. Nice and interesting read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar M G Singh
27th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Denise. I have been to Calcutta, in fact I stayed 3 years there and never heard of any 'home'. Thanks a lot Denise for sparing time to comment

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Dec 2011 (#)

It took a lot of guts for you to write this Madan.Thanks for giving us a different perspective.

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author avatar M G Singh
27th Dec 2011 (#)

Than you Steve

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author avatar LeahO
28th Dec 2011 (#)

Is there a way to delete those spam comments? That is really annoying!

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author avatar LeahO
28th Dec 2011 (#)

I was in my early twenties when I found out how she really was. It was quite a dissapoinitment to find out that she had very little compassion for those at the bottom of society. It makes me a little nauseous that she is so revered. She is right up there with George W. Bush and Monsanto.

Thank you for writing this!

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author avatar M G Singh
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank You Leah O.

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