As A kid I too had heard of Mother Teresa. She was a graceful lady, serving the people of the country, that’s all I knew. And she had been honoured with Nobel Peace prize.
And few days back RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat accused that primary work of Mother Teresa was conversion. Her intension was not serving the people. Even the book The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by British-American journalist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens. As per his book "Mother Teresa is less interested in helping the poor than in using them as an indefatigable source of wretchedness on which to fuel the expansion of her fundamentalist Roman Catholic beliefs."
Well I was compelled to think, what’s the truth? Why dig into someone’s life when deceased? But the truth can be known from those who worked with Mother Teresa or the biographers or from modern Indian historian. Might there be other ways.
Different books claim various ambiguous statements.
Some supported the statement by RSS chief and others blamed it. But in India, anything can be considered politically and religiously.
Whatever the motive is, how can Mother’s service towards the society and poor be left behind? Strange it is, we cannot even accept the service of someone gracefully.
Some even said she did not deserve the Nobel Peace prize. I do not know whether to agree with that, as the service of Mother is definitely responsible for destroying the peace of the so called keepers of Hindutva.
The reason for converting the generous service of a person to controversy has not been revealed yet.
Why these things did not come up when she was alive? In India, why do not we use past as a mirror?
Anyway, if people had for gotten Mother Teresa, now through this silly news, they will definitely remember her. May her soul rest in peace and not haunt the religious fundamentalists.
Our current prime minister is yet to make some statement regarding this serious national moral disaster; it seems he has gone into the Manmohan Singh stage.