We all had known her to be a generous and compassionate person. She had always been considered the angel of mercy and God for the helpless. She is famed for being one of history’s true altruists. She devoted her life to the poor, opening her first Missionaries of Charity home in 1950s Calcutta, and planned on to open hundreds more across the world. She was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in faraway Albania a 105 years ago on August 26. We know her as Mother Teresa and she has been the source of inspiration for many other organisations.
But everyone is familiar with this part of the story. What’s unfamiliar to many is the less spoken shocking truth about Mother Teresa. There is no second thought on the fact that she started doing a beautiful and great work for the diseased at a time when there were not many organisations in India like that. And that made her famous, very famous. As a result of this, donations started to pour in for her organizations and that was in millions and billions. But being a catholic and a highly religious individual, she was allergic to using new and better medical instruments which could help the patients. In 1991, German magazine Stern revealed that only 7 percent of donations to the organization were used for charity. The rest was funnelled into secret bank accounts or used to build more missions.
We have known her to help the deceased but a strong question arises here. She helped them but did they survive through it? Well, this statement by Mother Teresa will make it a bit clear. “There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering,” Journalist Christopher Hitchens reported her saying. Christopher Hitchens was probably the biggest critic of Mother Teresa and his book “The Missionary Position” spits out many ugly facts about her life and the truth behind it.
Mother Teresa was a worshipper of Jesus Christ and always said about pain being a way to connect to Christ. Since Jesus died for our sins through so much pain, we should too inflict pain and live through it. And as a result in all her missionaries, patients with highly contracting diseases were forced to share beds with others. Hygiene was the least of their concern and outdated medicines and old needles were used. Even in hard cases, painkillers were not being used and proper diet was not given to any despite of so much funding. According to her bizarre philosophy, it is the most beautiful gift for a person to participate in the sufferings of Jesus Christ. But the biggest hypocrisy stood at the point where she needed medical treatment and she received it in a Modern American Hospital.
Despite being at this position, she could never understand the correlation between over population and poverty. When she received the Nobel Piece Prize, she used this as an opportunity to force her thoughts and declared abortion as the greatest evil in the world and to launch a fiery call against population control. Her charitable work, she admitted, was only part of her big fight against abortion and population control. In a country like India with high poverty and huge population growth, this certainly was a setback.
It always seemed as if she was serving the poor but the reality was that she always served the rich in the West. The donations she received was widely used to help dictators and Criminals. Do you still think we have to be grateful to her?