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The Problem With Hindus

While Mother Teresa raised millions in the name of India and its poor, the money was unaccounted and no published accounts are available for public scrutiny.

Rudeness, arrogance, disrespect

The intellectual arrogance displayed in the interview below by the Late Mother Teresa is simply breathtaking. Her rudeness and disrespect for the host society leaves me wordless. In a society where ‘many, many, many Hindu people share with’ her, she finds it beneath her, to respect her hosts.

This, may not be Mother Teresa’s problem – but it may, well be, The Hindu problem. People living in India no longer know the difference between religion and dharma. People of Bharata-ah no longer remember when religion was maya and dharma was supreme. Giving equal position, respect and consideration to religions and dharma is the India’s problem today.

Mother Teresa’s advice – We regressive, dirty-brown, idolatrous, backward Hindus can and were never be a happy lot. Unless we embrace Jesus!


Mother Teresa (Cartoon by John Spooner @ theage.com.au)

Mother Teresa (Cartoon by John Spooner @ theage.com.au)

Extracts from Mother Teresa’s interview

Q. Here in Calcutta, have you created a real change?

A. I think so. People are aware of the presence, and also many, many, many Hindu people share with us. Now we never see a person lying there in the street dying. It has created a worldwide awareness of the poor.

Q. Beyond showing the poor to the world, have you conveyed any message about how to work with the poor?

A. You must make them feel loved and wanted. They are Jesus for me. I believe in that much more than doing big things for them.

Q. Friends of yours say you are disappointed that your work has not brought more conversions in this great Hindu nation.

A. Missionaries don’t think of that. They only want to proclaim the word of God. Numbers have nothing to do with it. But the people are putting prayer into action by coming and serving the people. Everywhere people are helping. There may not be a big conversion like that, but we do not know what is happening in the soul.

Q. What do you think of Hinduism?

A. I love all religions, but I am in love with my own.

Q. And they should love Jesus too?

A. Naturally, if they want peace, if they want joy, let them find Jesus. If people become better Hindus, better Muslims, better Buddhists by our acts of love, then there is something else growing there. They come closer and closer to God. When they come closer, they have to choose. (via : Interview with MOTHER Teresa: A Pencil In the Hand Of God Of God By EDWARD W. DESMOND, Monday, Dec. 04, 1989).

From the 1954 - 2010 - Indians are the most optimistic

From the 1954 - 2010 - Indians are the most optimistic. Cartoon by RK Laxman, Times of India.

Is it my Satanic mind

But Mother, or should I say Saint Teresa now, I have one question. It must be that ‘Hindu’ Satan putting this question in my corrupt ‘Hindu’ mind, which has not embraced Jesus.

You see the Christian world has been doing something they call consumer ‘optimism’ surveys. For  few decades now, these ‘Hindu’ Indians have been a rather optimistic lot. And the West, which has embraced Jesus (at least more than these Hindus have) are much more pessimistic.

Can I have some divine guidance from you.

Your statement somehow also reminds me too much of a similar statement by the alpha-dog of the Colonial pack – Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, FRS who ‘despaired’ for the ‘Hindu’ Indians , led by a half-naked fakir … and men of straw (mostly Hindus). Especially, since we Hindu-Indians are a “beastly people with a beastly religion

Being a Saint, the Mother must be right. She rightly loves her religion more. She also prescribes that we backward Hindus should also love her Catholic-Christian religion more.

Unless the Indic mind changes – and changes fast, Mother Teresa’s wish may come to pass.


  1. A fan of your blog
    July 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Hindu dharma has been in a state of decline for a while now. The reason being people have forgotten what Dharma actually stands for. Unfortunately, Dharma is considered a ritualistic religion, much like other monotheistic religions. The concept of right versus wrong is gone. This has led to terrible moral decline and apathy towards what is fundamentally wrong in how people live their lives.

    Add to that the mistrust that people have towards government and governance, which was harbored due to the British looting, and Gandhi’s ways of non-cooperation, and you have a nation that:

    1. Does not know whats right from wrong and lacks the will take a stand against wrong.
    2. Does not have faith in its government and governance. Keeps away from it.
    3. Does not know how to act anymore. Somehow not acting is considered better than taking a stand. That is the reason for apathy towards politics, which is criminalized and is the refuge of the last scoundrel.
    4. Does not know, care or understand what India really stands for anymore. Tries to ape the West in every way, including the materialistic trappings.

    The way things are going, I, unfortunately, see no reversal of this any time soon. I hope I am proved wrong.

  2. July 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Good read and thanks for the links.

  3. July 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Good one…
    Christian missionaries learn all the soft spots before they assault the heathens. They are like swiss cheese but we don’t bother to learn

  4. July 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Hindu dharma has been in a state of decline for a while now.

    There is no Hindu ‘dharma’. You either follow a Hindu religion or Dharma – period.

    The concept of Hindu ‘dharma’ is the illogical. It is a conceptual corruption which allowed the Desert Bloc to create the maya of Dharma.

  5. jeb
    October 16, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    you should not say that mother thersa is dirty disrespectingand breathtaking.she only wants to teach christianity all over in hindu communities

  6. samadhyayi
    October 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    i cant find much wrong with her interview. what are u talking about. you know this is when they call it a lame attempt. if u dont have any hard evidence facts against mother theresa . dont write such articles. they will affect ur credibility. and reveal too much of your inclinations.

  7. samadhyayi
    October 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    @a fan of your blog

    please enough with you stupid analysis of how we indians are not capable of finding wrong from right. just when we thought an intelligent blogger like anuraag existed showing us the real reasons for india going down to britain. again we have the idiot self loathers who come up with stupid theories that india is too religionsuly incliened. india is htat. india i this. we are too soft. we are too nonviolent. all bulshit.
    stop it for gods sake. there is nothign wrong with india. there is too mcuh right with it. if u cant see it go and commit suicide for gods sake.

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  9. October 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Anurag.. this post seems little bit unclear.. but i agree with you, that the religion and dharma are entirely different.. i am at odds with the hindutva folks on various aspect including the very identity of hindu..

    one major different i found practically is that in hindu religion, people are hysteric to differences, and always look for commonolity (like common language, common name, common gods etc), wheres in Dharma, people always look for their role in the larger society..

    ie, in hindu religion, people are identity centered, whereas in dharma people are responsibility centered .

  10. October 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    one major different i found practically is that in hindu religion, people are hysteric to differences, and always look for commonolity (like common language, common name, common gods etc), wheres in Dharma, people always look for their role in the larger society..

    Simply speaking Religion is about One – One Book, One God, One Language, One Prophet, One Race, One Currency, One King, etc., etc.

    Religion cannot allow variety.

    Dharma is not an equivalent; similar, or even related.

    Dharma is a socio-polical system in which individuals negotiate with each other for living ‘space’. Everything in Dharma is negotiated with others. Nothing can be or is imposed.

    Vedas, Upanishads, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Vedantic books are not dharmashastras. The various law books are called dharmashastras. For purposes of convenience use Bharattantra as dharma. That was the classical meaning.

  11. March 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm


    In Mumbayya-lingo, when you describe someone as good at heart, it is meant as an insult to a conman!

    A lady-friend of mine excels at identifying this type! She uses this particular intellectual sewage leak wonderfully.

    Friend Teju Cole should study at her feet on how people who are good at heart operate.

    Teju Cole starts with the White Saviour Industrial Complex – and then scatters pure pearls-of-unwisdom.


    I do not accuse Kristof of racism nor do I believe he is in any way racist. I have no doubt that he has a good heart.

    How, for example, could a well-meaning American “help” a place like Uganda today? It begins, I believe, with some humility

    If Americans want to care about Africa, maybe they should …

    What innocent heroes don’t always understand is that they play a useful role for people who have much more cynical motives …

    All of this takes us rather far afield from fresh-faced young Americans using the power of YouTube, Facebook, and pure enthusiasm to change the world …

    I want to give Teju Cole, and good-at-heart Nicholas Kristof a simple piece of advice. Stop caring about Africans, Indians, et al.

    With 2 million prisoners and 20 million drug addicts in the USA, you got a big enough problem at home.

    We know that you are ‘good-at-heart’.

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