Mother Teresa: The Untold Story is an absolute shocker!
When was the last time you saw Mother Teresa’s picture? What emotions did the benign face invoke in you? Love, compassion, piety and every synonym remotely connected to kindness and humanity. Google her picture right now and chances are you’ll still share the same emotion for her. Well, enjoy till it lasts, because Aroup Chatterjee’s extremely well-researched book, Mother Teresa – The Untold Story will change your perception of Mother Teresa forever. So better be prepared and remember – you were warned.
Aroup Chatterjee, in the initial pages, might appear as a propagandist championing some anti-Teresa campaign. As you begin to explore the Pandora’s Box, the revelations catch you unawares. Sample this deposition the author sent to Roman Authority, Henry D’Souza on 17th January 1998, challenging the ‘saint’ honour for Mother Teresa, of course backed with evidence:
- Mother Teresa was dishonest about her ‘picking up’ destitute from streets when she hardly ran such a service. Her ambulances were employed as nuns’ taxis.
- She was cruel to her residents in many ways including subjecting them to used needles.
- Despite telling the world frequently that she was open to other religions she banned non-Catholic worship in her premises, much to the distress of her residents.
- She operated a strict closed-door policy at her orphanages in Calcutta – street-children had no chance of getting help there, neither did poor women with babies.
- She used dangerous baby milk called Belgomilk which she got free – this mixture can cause serious harm to babies.
- Her claim that she fed up to 9000 in her soup kitchens in Calcutta had no basis of truth – she fed a handful.
- She made up an arbitrary figure of 61,273 – fewer babies born due to natural contraception – even in her Nobel speech, without a lot of evidence.
- Despite telling journalists that she wanted to die like the poor she received the most expensive treatments countless times in various clinics in India and abroad.
- She frequently meddled in politics. She used to vote in Indian elections. She criticised India’s Freedom of Religion Bill. Most disturbingly, she supported Mrs. Gandhi’s Emergency when democracy was suspended and torture was routine; thousands of men were forcibly sterilised during Emergency. Contrast all this with her feigning naivety with politics.
- It would be a disservice to her to be called ‘of Calcutta’ as Calcutta is one of the world’s most pro-abortion cities.
Blasphemous, isn’t it? This is exactly what the author is fighting tooth and nail for – to challenge beliefs media has been feeding us.
The best part about ‘Mother Teresa – The Untold Truth’ is that despite coming across as a heavily biased book, it never forces its facts and findings on the reader and leaves enough scope for them to apply their logic and intelligence.
For instance, the author delves into the roots of herd mentality and our unapologetic reverence for the white skin and ‘foreign sources and origins’. Imagine walking on railway platform and someone pushes you by mistake. You turn around and abuse the person or at least make an annoying face at him. Now picture the same scenario and the person turns out to be a foreigner, will you act in the same manner? That’s this book all about, where we conveniently overlook the faults of a ‘foreign origin’ saint and her organisation, and condemn or royally ignore India-based NGOs or welfare associations.
Having shared his six years of extensive research, author Aroup Chatterjee chooses to leave the book open-ended and asks his readers to share what they feel about Mother Teresa, which will compel you as a reader to Google the ‘claims’ that the author has made all throughout the book and find your own conclusion. In hindsight, one feels that this book isn’t even about Mother Teresa but our own belief system and passive media consumption. BBC created Brand Mother Teresa and we blindly bought it without ever questioning it.
Agreed, Mother Teresa surely did a lot for the lepers and downtrodden, and the author nowhere denies this fact, but the question he attempts to raise is: Did she really deserve to be hailed as a Nobel Prize winning Saint?
Author: Aroup Chatterjee
Release: March 2016
Genre: Non fiction/Biography
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