- Dr. Munish Raizada (Twitter)
Here we go!
Now, Italian-born Antonia Edvige Albina Maino has written to the Pope on behalf of every Indian, including our nearly 20 million Catholics!
Sorry for this tongue twister name, I am sure the majority of my Indian brethren (including me) will find difficult to remember. However, she is also known as Sonia Gandhi.
Today on September 4, 2016, Mother Teresa is being canonized, ie, a sainthood is being conferred upon her by the Pope Francis in Rome. Vatican Church is a powerful body in the world and thus no wonder , world leaders are lining up to witness the event. Prime Minister Narendra Modi -whose BJP party is known to sympathize with Hindus (perceptibly!)- has asked his Minister of External Affairs Shrimati Sushma Swaraj to hurry up to Rome lest India look poor in the ‘eyes of the world’. And, yes, Swaraj’s airplane with as many as 22 delegates has already dashed on the Italian ground!
Naturally, Swaraj madam has gleefully boasted about this as if there is nothing else to do in this world!
Indian delegation leaving for Rome to attend the canonisation of Mother Teresa. pic.twitter.com/Z3eEz07PRQ
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) September 2, 2016
To which a concerned and awake Indian asked:
@SushmaSwaraj Ma’am, diplomatic etiquette apart, is there any need to publicize this trip?
— Antithesis (@_antithesis_1) September 2, 2016
It seems this whole canonization is being made an earth shattering event!
Coming back to Sonia Mania Maino Gandhi!
Why is she writing on behalf of EVERY citizen of India? And then on behalf of OUR nearly 20 million Catholics!
Note her exact sentences:
“Every citizen of India, including our nearly 20 million Catholics, takes immense pride and joy on the recognition by your Holiness and the Catholic Church of Mother Teresa’s profound nobility of soul, purity of purpose, and service to God through service to humanity.”
Ms. Sonia Gandhi adds: “Mother Teresa was one of the most revered, loved and admired figure in India and she was given Bharat Ratna — the country’s highest civilian award.”
Ok, guys here is my take on this whole process:
- Sorry, Sonia Gandhi ji, I do not authorize you to represent me or my India on this canonization of Mother Teresa. Your letter simply emboldens the evangelist tendencies of the Church. One of the most lethal activity the evangelists do is to CONVERT the religion of non-Christians to Christianity. Thus, it follows that they serve people in order to convert. This does not sell with me and my value system!
- Mother Teresa no doubt served the poor and the destitute on Kolkata, but India has paid (and continues to) a heavy price for religious conversions. As Swami Vivekananda said hundreds of years ago: “Every man going out of the Hindu pale is not only a man less but an enemy one more”. From my blog post as back as in 2011, I raised a few points. Reproducing for your convenience:
- Indians have a great sense of reverence for Mother Teresa. The popular impression is that Teresa was a foreigner lady who came to our country and devoted her life to the service of mankind. She did, no doubt, serve the sick and poor people by providing a healing touch, love, and care. However, there was much more than that. She had an incentive in her heart to serve such people: a motive to bring these people closer to God. But the problem is that she wanted them to be closer to her chosen God (Jesus) by weaning them from their current faith. I strongly believe that we (Indians) need to expose the misdeeds of Mother Teresa -who in the name of serving the poor and destitute- exploited the situation to CONVERT their faith.
- In a book “Hindus Under Seige: The Way Out” by Subramanian Swamy, a mention comes of Mr. Keating -who donated millions of dollars to her charity working in India. Mr. Keating had looted public money and was being convicted for the crime in the USA. The communication between Teresa and the American court will give you an insight about the morality of Mother Teresa whose deeper design was to convert Hindus and others to Christianity.
- There is a dichotomy between her resolve to help the poor and the sick, yet she opposed abortions (her religious conviction). In a way, she was opposed to birth control. And, needless to say, overpopulation has a direct relationship with poverty. Many would agree that Mother Teresa needed poverty to glorify her deeds.