Such propagation of blind faith, illiteracy and fundamentalism without questioning logic is what takes humanity down. When I was really young, and though even then I never believed in God, we used to celebrate Saraswati Puja as a part of our local club’s annual ritual! My father had told me that we must not use the entire surplus from the Puja to buy cricket kits etc for our club. He insisted that we must also do some good work, like donating to Mother Teresa. And like an obedient son, to get over the guilt of buying a cricket bat, half of the said surplus was donated to Missionaries of Charity. I still have that letter of thanks from Nirmal Hriday (earlier called Mother Teresa’s Kalighat Home for the Dying Destitutes). As I look back, I find probably that’s the only purpose Mother ever served. For all the Western capitalists and countries full of guilt of exploiting the rest of the world and doing precious nothing for them, she was a Western symbol of altruism – promoting whom, made them feel less guilty of their unending craving for self gratification. So all shades of moneyed people used her… And she used them in turn happily. There were billionaire frauds and scamsters who felt guiltfree donating to her; and she actually paid them back by giving character certificates to them (she actually wrote to the judge trying the ponzi king Charles Keating, in support of him). And of course, to the conservative, autocratic, Catholic church she served far more. To them, she was the unsuspecting global ambassador of fundamentalism. Behind whom they could promote more of their uneducated, evidence-less fanaticism. No wonder then, that post her global recognition, she hardly spent time in Kolkata. Despite her claims of being non political, she spent the rest of her life hobnobbing with politicians and most importantly supporting them. They included politicians of all shades, from criminals like Haitian President to dictatorial murderers like the Albanian President to global political war mongers in the name of democracy like Ronald Reagan to the radical criminals forces of Nicaraguan contras. And of course, these travel sojourns around the world were in a private jet given to her by another corrupt politician through his ill gotten moneys. The question then is, do I consider Mother an evil human being without goodness. No. That’s not true. Like the Bronze Age men who wrote all our religious books, she was probably good hearted. With her limited knowledge and blind beliefs, she did try to do very good work. But a lot of what she sure did and propagated, like what’s written in all our religious books, was harmful for mankind.