‘Mother’ Teresa is back in the news. Along with her, the organisation she founded – the Missionaries of Charity have made news as well. On Christmas Day, as the festive cheer gripped the world, this shady organisation found itself caught up in a mess. The Ministry of Home Affairs refused the renewal of Missionaries of Charity’s FCRA license on December 25, after receiving what it said were “adverse inputs”. This led to the organisation freezing its bank accounts and stopping all transactions to not end up in a larger pothole of illegalities. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, however, thought this was an opportune moment to spread some fake news.
So, Mamata took to Twitter and claimed that the Modi government had ‘frozen’ all of Missionaries of Charity’s bank accounts. Soon, the organisation issued a clarification, saying it had frozen its accounts itself. However, it did appreciate people like Mamata Banerjee for raising the issue on social media.
Shocked to hear that on Christmas, Union Ministry FROZE ALL BANK ACCOUNTS of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in India!
Their 22,000 patients & employees have been left without food & medicines.
While the law is paramount, humanitarian efforts must not be compromised.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 27, 2021
This clarification from the Missionaries of Charity is a real party pooper for the placard sena. pic.twitter.com/NyQpGg2VQt
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) December 27, 2021
Mother Teresa – A Con Woman
What we are more concerned about is the fact that Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity continues to carry out its operations with the sole aim of proselytising vulnerable people. Mother Teresa was a con woman. Christopher Hitchens, an English-American socio-political critic led the campaign against Mother Teresa. He described the Missionaries of Charity as a ‘cult’ that promoted suffering and did not help those in need. His efforts to expose the dubious organisation lent courage to many ‘insiders’ to spill the beans on ‘Mother’ Teresa’s racket. Here’s what he said about the famed ‘saint’: “MotherTeresa is the single-most successful emotional con-job of the 20th century.”
Earlier this year, in May, a podcast titled, “The Turning: The Sisters Who Left” was released. In it, nuns formerly associated with the Missionaries of Charity revealed how life was for them as long as they were under the tutelage of Teresa’s organisation. Here’s what they recounted:
- The Missionaries of Charity proscribed nuns and sisters from having friendships.
- Nuns were not allowed ‘luxuries’ like bathing and cleaning themselves.
- Sisters were also prohibited from receiving phone calls from their family members. They were not allowed to visit their homes.
- Every evening, sisters were expected to flog themselves with a sheath of knotted cords.
How Mother Teresa Treated People she ‘Helped’
It’s all about the numbers, you see. As a saint, what matters most is how many people a person can convert to the one true faith. Teresa really excelled on this front. She picked up poor, hungry and vulnerable children and converted them before leaving them to die. She did so with the satisfaction of more and more Christians being dispatched to heaven and her score rising in the eyes of God.
Teresa once said, “29,000 have died in our one house since we began in 1952. We give all of them a special ticket of St. Peter [Laughter]. It’s so beautiful to see people die with so much joy.” She also remarked how the “world is greatly helped by the terrible suffering of the poor people.”
"World is greatly helped by the terrible suffering of the poor people." – Mother Teresa
"29,000 have died in our one house since we began in 1952. We give all of them a special ticket of St. Peter [Laughter]. It's so beautiful to see people die with so much joy." – Mother Teresa pic.twitter.com/wlHWBY4eO6
— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) December 27, 2021
Dr Aroup Chaterjee, who is the author of the book “Mother Teresa: The Untold Story” sheds light on how the children who were brought into the care of the organisation were not given proper care. They were not allowed visitors, and had to defecate in communal toilets with many others. According to him, as Hindu and Muslim victims of the Charity lay on their deathbeds, Mother Teresa and her aides would convince them to embrace Christianity and depart to heaven as acceptable souls.
To top it all, Missionaries of Charity have been accused of engaging in child and human trafficking.
In light of such facts, it is really a miracle that the Missionaries of Charity has been allowed to function for so long. Its shop should have been shut long back, but if the Modi government is finally cracking the whip on the organisation, it is definitely commendable. The organisation needs to be punished for its crimes against humanity.