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Ticket To Heaven

Updated: September 22, 2012 1:58 pm

India That Is Bharat


The problem with Satiricus is that he is an ignoramus. He simply does not know what’s what. Take this big advertisement in big newspapers put in on August 27 by the Government of India’s Ministry of Minority Affairs. It read: “Nation salutes Messiah of service to mankind Mother Teresa on her 102nd birth anniversary”, and then followed her autographed message, calling on us mere mortals for “praying together, suffering together….” The problem here for stupid Satiricus was that there were more problems than just one. Firstly, was the ad published by the nation or by the government? Secondly, if it was published by the nation was he a part of that nation? And thirdly, if the ad was published by the government’s Minority Affairs Ministry, did that mean the minority means the nation?

Oh, well, what does Satiricus know about the complexities of Indian nationalism? He was under the infantile impression that once upon a time, long, long ago this country was called Hindusthan, and he was a Hindu, so this was his nation. But now he stands corrected. Now he knows that the 15 per cent minority of India makes the nation, the 85 per cent majority does not. So it was in the fitness of things to spend the majority tax- payers’ money on advertising the minority’s exclusive right to nationalism.

That being so, the most charitable explanation of Satiricus’s versatile ignorance would be that nothing better can be expected of such a hopeless Hindu. Unfortunately, however, there are people in this world who sadly suffer from the disease of an uncharitable disposition. One of them was a Catholic Sister by name Susan Shields who worked for motherly Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity for nine long years. Then she not only quit in 1989 but went public with why she did so.

Her story was printed in a journal called Free Inquiry Magazine in which she execrably “exposes how Mother Teresa ignored the poor while stashing millions of dollars in Vatican bank accounts”. Satiricus is sure she said so simply to slur those sacred stashes. She claimed (of course it must be a conveniently deniable claim) she found that even food was not bought for the poor if local merchants did not give it free, even when the Mother’s Mission sat on hefty heaps of cash. Shields said (sorry, claimed) she found it nauseating that she wrote thousands of letters to donors assuring them that their gift would be used for the benefit of the poorest of the poor. Finally, according to her, when it became too much, she quit. Good riddance, says secular Satiricus.

Unfortunately, Susan Shields’s unholy untruths were not the end of the story. Rather, it was continued with more dastardly details in a whole book titled Mother Teresa, The Final Verdict by a Britain-based Indian doctor by name Aroup Chatterjee. He not only wretchedly wrote about how money gifted to Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity by governments and organisations around the world was misused, he even quoted instances. Once he saw an ambulance donated to Teresa by Federal Express. Was it carrying a critically ill patient? Not exactly. It was carrying chickens for the nuns’ annual day feast. Oh, well, what could the poor dears do if the Mother’s motherly love could not but feed them murgmasaalam?

There are also other crass canards linking Mother and money. About twenty years ago an American cheat by name Charles Keating defrauded elderly Americans of their insurance money to the tune of 250 million dollars and then, to give himself a reputation as a philanthropist, donated a hundred million out of it to Mother Teresa. In course of time, he was arrested and convicted, and a cable was sent to Mother Teresa to return the stolen money. She flatly refused. And why shouldn’t she? After all, she hadn’t stolen the money.

And in any case, didn’t the ends justify the means? And weren’t the ends highly holy, the purpose purely pious? It was to ensure that the sinful soul of a dying heathen did not go to the inevitable hell but could be redirected to the Christian heaven. How this was divinely done was described by Susan Shields: in the homes for the dying, Mother taught the sisters how to secretly baptize those who were dying. A sister was to ask a person about to die if he wanted a “ticket to heaven”. A nod was to mean consent to baptism. The sister was then to pretend she was just cooling the person’s forehead with a wet cloth when she was in fact secretly baptizing him. Hallelujah!A Hell-bent Hindu soul was saved! A feat worthy of being advertised by the government of secular India.

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