The Mother Teresa’s Enterprise
Photo : Mother Teresa
It is an insult to Indo- Trinidadians to project Mother Teresa in school text books as someone who cared for the poor in Calcutta, India, when there are thousands of Indian organisations engaged in services to the poor and underprivileged. This has to be another strategy by unscrupulous Christian missionaries to undermine Indian culture and values.
Christians are a mere 1% after 300 hundred years of British rule and more than 500,000 Christian missionaries engaged in full time proselytization. The major plank of the Christian missionaries is not social services but conversion of the poor. Mother Teresa is the essence of this assault on the Hindu psyche. More disturbing is the fact that our educators do not have a critical mind and so have readily accepted this propaganda of “Christian charity” by the west.
Shashi Tharoor, in his recent publication, “An Era of Darkness,” revealed that much of the poverty in India was caused by the stealing of the wealth of India by the British. The British who came to India as beggars lived in opulence and retired to England to live in luxury.
In addition to destroying India’s cottage industry and engaging the Indians in growing cash crops for export, Indians were massacred when they protested as was the case in Jallianwallah Bagh, Amritsar in 1919. Also, more than 29 million Indians were starved to death in the Bengal famines of 1943. This occurred when rice was warehoused and hundreds of tons were being exported to Britain. Indians have never forgotten the reaction of Winston Churchill to those deaths: “I hate Indian people, they are a beastly people with a beastly religion and the famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits.”
Thousands of Indian organisations are engaged in social services in India but these are not highlighted by our writers of text books. I have chosen to highlight three such organizations because they have branches in Trinidad.
The Chinmaya Organization runs schools, colleges, medical facilities, senior citizens home, children welfare centres, etc. This organization has an active branch in Trinidad and several primary and secondary schools.
Another organisation is the Ramakrishna Mission. It has medical hospitals and dispensaries, educational facilities from kindergarten to tertiary, welfare works among the tribal population, rural electrification programmes, etc. throughout India.
The Bharat Sevashram Sangh is another religious organization with social outreach programmes. It has active branches in Trinidad and runs a primary school at Bucarro Village, Carapichaima. It also has a college at Cove and John in Guyana. In India the Sangh is engaged in work among the tribal population providing them with health care, housing, schools and orphanages. After natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones and floods the Sangh is always present to render assistance. It also has mobile dispensaries that take healthcare to the most rural parts of India.
Another organisation with branches in Trinidad is the Divine Life Society. It has medical hospitals and shelters for destitute patients. The Society also provides food, shelter, medication and rest for patients.
Mention was made in the text book of a branch of the Missionaries of Charity in Trinidad but nothing about the social services they are engaged in.
But our text books writers do not have a responsibility to determine the truth. They appear to be living in the past where everything from the West was accepted without question. But our local writers don’t appear to understand that such propaganda is balm to ease the conscience of the West. Historians are now revealing that colonial rule was never paternalistic but naked exploitations of native peoples and that the Church was hand in glove in implementing those evil policies.
Mother Teresa was the perfect mascot for the West. Her presence in Calcutta transformed her into an international celebrity and her funeral attended by the rich and mighty and not the poor of Calcutta. It was never the natives that gained; it was always the Europeans and so was Mother Teresa.
“So whatever Mother Teresa did for Calcutta fades into insignificance compared to what Calcutta did for Mother Teresa,” wrote N.S. Rajaram (A Hindu View of the World: The real Mother Teresa ).
Several writers found that the charity work of Mother Teresa does not reach beyond fund raising in the name of the poor. Dr Robert Cox of the prestigious British publication Lancet noted that “her hospitals are in a highly unhygienic state.”
Mary Loudon, another English investigator, found patients sleeping on the floor-as many as sixty in a single room. Loudon saw unsterilized needles being simply washed in cold water. Also, patients in need of even simple surgery were being allowed to die instead of being sent to other hospitals in Calcutta.
N.S. Rajaram wrote that patients that were treated under such appalling conditions, even health workers could not escape infections. Anne Sebba, another author, pointed out that several of the nurses caught tuberculosis, and possibly AIDS.
When demands were made for medication and other health care materials Mother Teresa’s response was that the patients should pray. However, when Mother Teresa was sick she went to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the prestigious R.K. Birla Heart Research Centre in Calcutta. “So neither money nor Christian faith was allowed to come in the way when her own health was involved. But for the poor it is different. Prayer is good for them,” wrote N.S. Rajaram.
In 1998 the Missionaries of Charity showed a deposit of $50million in a bank in New York. However, employees of the Missionaries of Charity “were instructed to pretend that they have no money, and keep on soliciting funds using desperate appeals.”
Mother Teresa collected her money from criminals and underworld characters who have swindled innocent people of their savings. Among them was Charles Keating who stole more than $900million from the saving of working people. When he was on trial Mother Teresa wrote the trial judge, Lance Ito, asking him to show clemency towards Keating because “he has always been generous to God’s poor.” Mother Teresa also accepted millions from Haitian dictator Jean Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier who stole billions from his impoverished country.
N.S. Rajaram reminded that India has produced opportunities for “a long line of European adventurers of humble origins-from Robert Clive in the eighteenth century to Sonia Maino (Gandhi) and Ottavio Quattrocchi in our own time-who found fame and fortune in India way beyond what they could dream of in their own country.”
India has elevated Mother Teresa to sainthood. However, but of Calcutta who were mainly responsible for that historic elevation will remain the poor of Calcutta. Rajaram wrote: “Calcutta will forever be known as the wretched place where this saint walked, worked- and raised millions of dollars in the name of God’s poor,”
In Trinidad and Tobago our form two pupils would never know this truth of Mother Teresa. They would be brainwashed to look up to her as a symbol of Christian charity and a feeling of shame and disgust for their race, culture and values as so many converts do.