Protest At United Nations For Bangladesh Hindus – 26 Jun 2016 [Video]

Sunday, 26 June 2016, a combination of Bangladeshi and Hindu organization protested outside the United Nations to highlight the ongoing and increasing killings of minority non-Muslims and secularists in Bangladesh, as well as the infiltration of ISIS elements into the nation.

 

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The event was attended by Justice For Hindus, The Bangladesh Minority Rights Movement, USA Committee For Secular & Democratic Bangladesh, Gonojagaran Mancha Combined Cultural Alliance, Maitre Foundation, Sampriti Manch, Udichi Cultural Groups, SriSriThakur Anukulchandra Satsang USA and others.

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The nation of Bangladesh (BD) is a Muslim majority state which borders India to the Northeast, Islam is the state religion of Bangladesh.  While the minority Hindus of Bangladesh have been experiencing intense and deadly persecution for decades, the intensity of violent crimes against non-Muslims and secularists has escalated recently with the influx of ISIS elements into the state.

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In the past months, several Hindus and other non-Muslims have been either murdered, injured or humiliated by Muslim citizens with Islamist motives, and many of these crimes have been claimed by ISIS. Here are some examples of recent attacks on minorities in Bangladesh”

Hindu Priest Slaughtered In Bangladesh, ISIS claims responsibility – A 70-year-old Hindu priest was hacked to death in Bangladesh by three suspected Islamic State jihadists who nearly severed his head, the second priest from the community to be killed this year in the Muslim-majority nation which has seen a string of brutal attacks by Islamists on minorities and secular activists. – DNA INDIA

Hindu Tailor hacked to death in Bangladesh; ISIS claims responsibility – Police in Bangladesh say they have detained three people in relation to the killing of a Hindu tailor, who was hacked to death in the central Bangladeshi district of Tangail. Those detained for questioning include two party members, one from the opposition BNP party and a local leader of the Jamaat e Islami Islamist. – CNN

Hindu teacher in Bangladesh beaten up, made to do sit-ups by holding ears for ‘insulting’ Islam – – Dhaka: In yet another incident of mob justice against minorities in Bangladesh, a Hindu headmaster of a school in Narayanganj was on Friday punished by locals for allegedly insulting Islam. Shyamal was being punished and made to do sit-ups holding ears, said that the punishment was the only way to save the latter from the mob. – Zee News

Bangladesh killings: Hindu teacher attacked at home – A Hindu college teacher in Bangladesh has been attacked on his doorstep by three men armed with knives, according to local police. He is critically ill in hospital. The assault, in the town of Madaripur, is the latest in a series of recent attacks on religious minorities, secular writers and academics. – BBC

Christian hacked to death in latest Bangladesh attack, claimed by ISIS – Dhaka (AFP) – A Christian was hacked to death after Sunday prayers near a church in northwest Bangladesh in an attack — the latest in a series on religious minorities — claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group. – Yahoo

Elderly Buddhist monk HACKED to death amid surge of violence in Muslim-majority country – The body of 75-year-old Mongsowe U Chak was discovered today at the isolated place of worship in the Naikkhangchhari village, about 211 miles southeast of Dhaka, where he lived alone. The past few months have seen a huge rise in the number of violent attacks in Bangladesh, where the majority of the population is Muslim. – Express

Two gay rights activists hacked to death in Bangladesh; Al-Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for attack – Two people, including the editor of a magazine for the transgender community, have been hacked to death in the capital of Bangladesh. A third person, a security guard at the apartment building where the killings took place, was seriously wounded in Monday’s attack in Dhaka, in which six attackers murdered Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy. Mannan was the editor of Rupban, the only LGBT magazine in the country. – Aljazeera

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The Bangladeshi government has not only routinely failed to protect non-Muslim and secularists citizen in Bangladesh but also promotes Islamic nationalism. While Bangladesh claims to be a “secular democracy”, according to the Bangladesh constitution, Islam is the state religion, referencing both “Allah” and the “Koran”, and it is the state’s objective to: “consolidate, preserve and strengthen fraternal relations among Muslim countries based on Islamic solidarity.”  – Hindu American Foundation Report

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Until 2012, Hindu living in Bangladesh were subjected to discriminatory land practices and seizures of property under what was known as a series of “Enemy Property” and “Vested Property” acts. Under these discriminatory acts, more than 1 million Hindu households and millions of acres of Hindu owned lands were seized. While the Bangladesh government has since promulgated acts (2012 Vested Property Return Act) to return lands or compensate Hindu families, these measures have not been fully implemented and Hindu lands continue to be seized illegally by Islamist groups. – Hindu American Foundation Report

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After the election of the Bangladesh Nation Party (BNP) in 2001, partly leaders and lawmakers instigated a 150 day pogrom against the Hindu minority which lead to 500,000 Hindus fleeing Bangladesh to take refuge in India, with more than 1000 Hindu women either being raped or gang-raped. Form 2013 to 2014, more than 1,500 Hindu temples were demolished, 302 minorities were killed, 5,050 minorities families were displaced from their homes, more than 3,000 Hindu homes were attacked, 585 shops were either attacked or looted, and nearly 300 rapes of minority women were reported. Islamist groups in Bangladesh have also begun creating “hit lists” against secular bloggers, many of whom have been killed. – Hindu American Foundation Report

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Despite the influx of ISIS and accompanied violence into Bangladesh, the nation has also had a long tradition of its own homegrown Islamic terrorist outfits such as the Jamaat-e-Islami (JEL).  JEL seeks to create a “Taliban style” regime in Bangladesh and garners recruits and funds through its control of Islamic schools (madrassas) and its student wing, the Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS).  Both JEL and ICS have been accused of interacting with and supporting designated terrorist groups such as the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B), the Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Al-Queda. In 2015, the JEL-ICS brought riots to the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, setting off some 20 bombs; an ICS crude bomb factory was discovered in the same year. Despite these activities, the Bangladesh government has not designated JEL or ICS as terrorist organization and has been unable or unwilling to curtail their activities. – Hindu American Foundation Report

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 The message brought to the United Nations by Bangladeshi and Hindu groups was clear, Bangladesh needs to curtail both its homegrown Islamic terrorist groups, as well as take measures to prevent the infiltration of ISIS within its borders. Bangladesh claims to be a secular democracy, but this is obviously not possible so long as Islam continues to be the state religion. Bangladesh must protect the non-Muslims and secular minorities within its borders, curtail terrorists organizations within the nation, and join the civilized world by repealing the Islamic elements of its constitution.

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The Siege On The Hindu Mind Inside Hindu Temples

I recently wrote an article detailing Hinduism under attack in Trinidad due to some outdated law being used to justify the demonization of Hinduism disguised as an attack on a Hindu leader. While this might be an outright political attack there are others creeping slowly and might be more dangerous. The worse attack is one from inside and one you do not see coming. The other day a Hindu Temple hosted a Sai Baba event, it was called a Sai Satsang. Inside the mandir/temple they sang Bhajans and then began to sing Qaseedas which are like Muslim hymns in Trinidad and Tobago. The danger in propagating Sai Baba and even Hare Krishna ideologies in Hindu temples has a neutralizing effect on the Hindu mind. These two groups do not subscribe to the name “Hindu” and many times refused to be called that. They teach all Gods are the same and all religions are one and many things to that effect. It prepares Hindus to be defenseless when it is only Hindus who are being taught to accept other Gods and other ways using what appears to be Hindu methods, Hindu clothes and other Hindu elements to make it seem harmless. I do not have a problem with trying to create peace and harmony and acceptance, in fact, Hinduism teaches this but, it needs to be done in a community or cultural center. Can Hindus sings Bhajans inside mosques and churches? What would happen if Hindus approached a mosque or church to do this? What would happen if even Sai Baba and Hare Krishna approached a mosque or church to conduct an interfaith session and sing praises to Gods they do not worship inside their places of worship? They wouldn’t try, the answer would be no.

Why is it that peace must always be at the expense of Hindus? Hindus are always the ones who have to convert in an interreligious marriage, always the ones who have to compromise in a society, bend over backwards and scratch everybody else’s back. We can show tolerance but, time for it to be reciprocated and it cannot be done inside a Mandir which represents the backbone of our beliefs. When they have reached inside the Mandir premises that signifies domination, being conquered and what will follow? Our sons and daughters have already been taught to accept this as a form of God? It will be easier to discard the Hindu religion when a coercive spouse-to-be puts their foot down and says they are not allowed to worship our Gods so the Hindu must convert if this is ok with them. We are not giving our children and the future of our religion a fighting chance.

Keep in mind it is mostly Hindus who have to convert in an interreligious marriage. It is mostly Hindus who have to compromise bringing up their children as another faith and are always being victimized as Idol Worshippers. It is easier to use Hindu Gods and Goddesses to advertise and Hindu concepts for branding in the West and Hindus barely complain. Hindus have always been easy going but, we always get taken advantage of. However, the day we begin to stand up for ourselves, everything we have done to create peace, at our expense, will quickly be forgotten and we will be left to defend ourselves because the others will have convenient amnesia. We will be called racists and called out for obstructing the peace. Apparently we are the only people on this planet who never experienced being victims of getting conquered, having genocide unleashed upon us, our temples smashed to pieces and our wealth looted. History books have forgotten us, conveniently. Abrahamic religions spread across the earth by conquering, enslaving and converting by tricky means however, they are always the victims, never us.

The Abrahamic religions believe it is their duty to convert “Idol Worshippers” like us, when will Hindus learn there is a line to be drawn when it comes to multiculturalism? When will Hindus learn we cannot expect tolerance and we alone are expected to dish it out? When will Hindus learn Abrahamic religions believe in exclusivity, this means it is their God and no other can be worshipped. Maybe they will learn when it is too late. We always have our hands open and get slapped in the face. If tolerance is so easy to come by Hindu Trinidadians and Guyanese should ask the Hindus in India about the mosques built over the site where Lord Rama and Lord Krishna were born and the refusal of the other community to move their house of worship built over the most sacred sites in Hinduism. Why? Because they conquered and dominated us and why should their hard work be so easily undone just because we asked?

 

Vassan I. Ramracha.

Hinduism under siege in Trinidad – Hate, Backstabbing and Murder

Recently, in Trinidad a law called the Hindu Marriage Act from the British colonial era (created by the British, not Hindus)  came into question which allows children from the age of 12 years to be married. This would be considered illegal and perverted in today’s society. Firstly, I want to say I am opposed to child marriage and I only condone marriage for those 18 years and older according to our modern laws. This issue was taken up heavily by the Archbishop of Trinidad for the Catholic Church who got involved in the matter, spreading the idea that this is a rampant Hindu problem that needs to be cleansed immediately. The media even showed images of child marriages in India as if it represented the Hindu population in Trinidad. Sat Maharaj, the President of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) came to the defense of the Hindu community clearly stating Hindus do not continue this act today. He also stated he wants Hindus to resolve it with the government and that the Archbishop should stay out of Hindu business. Hindus were quick to throw their own leader under the bus who should have made it clear he was against child marriages but, what these gullible Hindus never stopped to ask is, what are the ulterior motives for this attack on Sat Maharaj? Was it to clean up the law or was it a cleaning up of Hinduism?

The Hindu Marriage Act Was Colonial, Not Hindu 

The attack on Sat Maharaj was a well-disguised attack on Hinduism as has been the case many times not just in Trinidad but, the Hindu community in the West Indies and Guyana as well, and here’s why. This was a colonial law, it was put there by the British who had all the political power at the time and if anyone should be questioned they should probably be calling up the Queen or the British Parliament and asking why they condoned this. This was also the case in an era when life expectancy was low around 30 years max. Most importantly what are the ulterior motives by the Archbishop Harris of the Catholic Church? Does he really share so much concern for the Hindu community? Or is this another way to expose Hinduism as “evil”, after all they have an army of missionaries who convert by demonizing Hinduism. This is the same Archbishop who blamed Trinidad’s first female Hindu Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar for the economic problems of black youths and called Hindus “idol worshippers.” Why shouldn’t we look upon this new attack with suspicion? Child Marriage or not, there were 700 abortions and 270 pregnancies for under 18 youths in Trinidad without Hinduism being involved. While Sat Maharaj is the President of the SDMS which oversees Hindu activities he has no religious title such as swami or pundit. Meanwhile, the Archbishop represents the voice of the Catholic Church, so from which platform is he speaking and on behalf of who? Unlike some sections of Christianity, the Catholic Church is very organized in the sense that nothing is done without permission from the Pope and every sermon around the world is the same every Sunday. We have to ask does the church condone this attack on Hindus? What about the Pope? Maybe we are only scraping the surface of these motives. Gullible Hindus have to envision the scenario, what if this Hindu Marriage Act was abolished? What about modern Hindus, would we have to right to be legally married without any kind of lawful act in place? We may find ourselves soon enough, struggling for equality again and fighting for equality if we are not careful in an environment proven hostile to Hinduism before. Let’s not forget this act was put there because Hindus weren’t allowed to marry legally under colonial rule. I mentioned this in a previous article before and it may come to fruition. They don’t want us to have a TV station far less get legally married.

We Need To Stop Backstabbing 

I am surprised, even, at how quickly Hindus were willing to attack their own leaders. What are they trying to prove? We need to stop this nonsense of proving how un-racist or unbiased we are by using every opportunity to stab our leaders because there will be a day when there is no one to save us. Sat’s family has done countless things for us, his family built the first mud hut schools for Hindus, the SDMS got radio stations, they made sure Phagwa and Indian Arrival Day are celebrated and are always standing up for Hindu rights. Bhadase Sagan Maharaj is the reason why we have Hindu Colleges in Trinidad today teaching Hindi, scriptures and other forms of Sanskriti. How sad it is to see how quickly people on Facebook want him removed without wondering what Sat’s intentions meant. Can we Hindus jump into Christian theology and teach them? Do Hindus get involved every time the Catholic Church has a child molestation scandal?

Why Single Out Hindus? 

Furthermore, there are other marriage acts on the table being called into question as Muslim and Shouter Baptist, so why the relentless attack on Hinduism? This is also Trinidad and Tobago, why are they showing images of child marriages in India as if this is the norm for us? When was the last time parents had some huge wedding or dragged their children to sign papers in a government office? And if other Trinidadians were attending such weddings and didn’t report it then they are criminal too. This is an absurdity to say the least. Child marriages happen all over the world not just in India but, in Africa and the Middle East. So why is this a Hindu-specific problem? And child marriage is not a phenomenon in Trinidad, it does not represent any of our groups whatsoever. Hindus are among the most educated people and contribute time and again to the prosperity of the nation. These are the things Sat Maharaj must have been thinking about when he answered that question with justified anger. Let Hindus sit with the government and resolve this issue and amend the act. Hindus do not need help knowing right from wrong because historically, that has always come with a price: abuse for us and ulterior motives designed at cutting down Hinduism like an axe. Hindus have had many wake up calls and close calls, and this is no different.

The Fall Out, Murder Of Hindus 

A little while after this incident happened two Trinidadian Christians murdered a Hindu doctor named Ravi Maharaj in June 2016. They were motivated by the belief that he was an “Idol Worshipper” and “God doesn’t like that.” Imagine if this was a person from another community? There would be an uproar. So is it ok to commit crimes against Hindus? No, the reason crimes are mostly committed against us is because it is easy to do so. Hindus allow crimes to be committed against them because they would rather make a big fuss about a Hindu Leader’s comment than come out in numbers to protest this heinous hate crime against Hindus. Everyone is seeing us as easy prey. The famous and historic Temple by the Sea built by a Hindu World War veteran was looted and thrashed and the murtis (the statues) were smashed not too long ago. Hindus are creating their own sinking situation by not acting and always behaving passively. By the way I want to thank Justice For Hindus for posting this article. It was sent to newspapers in Trinidad and Guyana and they all refused to print it. What Justice!

 

A Fellow Trinidadian Hindu,

Vassan I. Ramracha

 

 

 

 

 

“Why can’t we question Islamic motive”? JFH q/a with Human Rights Watch

May 18th, 2016 – Barnes and Nobles, E.86th Street, NYC
JFH attended a discussion led by Robert L. Bernstein, founder of “Human Rights Watch” (HRW). The occasion was a book signing for the release of Mr. Bernstein’s latest book “Speaking Freely“, an autobiography which details Mr. Bernstein’s life as a publisher for Random House and as a human rights advocate.
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While much of the discussion session of the event focused on Mr. Bernstein’s publishing career and his trips to the former Soviet Union which activated his human rights career, the question and answer session allowed IAIF and JFH to ask Mr. Bernstein’s opinions on current human rights today as they pertain to Islamism and terrorism. Most pertinent to the question at hand is the fact that Human Rights Watch has taken a positive position on the influx of Islamic populations into Europe. According to the HRW website, their position on the question of importing Muslims into Europe is as follows:
“Human Rights Watch recommends action by the European Union and its member states in four broad areas: (1) reducing the need for dangerous journeys; (2) addressing the crisis at Europe’s borders; (3) fixing the EU’s broken asylum system; and (4) ensuring that EU cooperation with other countries improves refugee protection and respect for human rights.” – HRW, Europe’s Refugee Crisis 
There is no doubt that people around the world want to see an end to the fruitless wars being conducted in the Middle East which are laying waist to so many human lives, however ending these wars and mass importing Muslim populations into the West are two different agendas. The question we had for Mr. Bernstein was one of “motive”, particularly the motive behind human rights violations committed against both Muslims and non-Muslims living in the Islamic world, as well as the motive behind international Islamic terrorism. The question of Islamic motive has become all the more relevant as the increase in the Muslim population in Europe has initiated deadly terrorist attacks as were seen in 2015 in Paris which left 130 people dead and the 2016 bombing of the Brussels international airport which left 30 persons dead, as well as the unleashing of mass sexual assaults on women in Germany, not to mention the burgeoning of retrograde Islamist movements seeking to implement Islamic Sharia Law in Europe through violence.  Islamic Sharia Law is inherently misogynistic, homophobic and oppressive to non-Muslims in general.
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Mr. Bruno of, President of JFH, posed the following question to Mr. Bernstein (paraphrased):
“This question pertains not only to your organization but to most human rights movements globally today. During the eras of Nazi and Communist oppression, we looked to the ideologies behind these movements to determine what was motivating their crimes. We could see the correlation between Mein Kamfp and the Communist Manifesto and the actions of the people who espoused these beliefs.  However, today we are seeing similar human rights violations and terrorism going on, being conducted by many different groups but let’s focus right now on the question of Islam.  Why is it that when the Nazis or the Communists committed crimes against humanity that we were able to look at their ideologies and determine that these were the cause for their actions, but when it comes to Islamic crimes against humanity and terrorism we cannot look to their religion and founder to seek their motivation?  Most specifically, since the Islamic religion was founded by a man who mass murdered the pagans of Arabia, took slaves and sex slaves, preached hatred for pagans (shirk) and commanded his followers to do the same, and all of this can be found in the Islamic texts, why are we unable to talk about this as a motive for Islamic crime today when we can do so easily when speaking about Nazism and Communism?”
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Pabitra Chaudhuri , VP of Indian American Intellectuals Forum Inc  later pointed out:
“in case of a single homicide or for any crime the investigators probe deep for the motive which can lead to a clue. However it is strange that in the case when Islamic terror strikes that the world just deals with the shock-waves  and reports  the diabolic nature of the strike, and express  resolve  for the people affected , telling the world not  to be cowered by terrorists, but what is never questioned is why the Islamists are on a mission to strike in the first place, risking their own lives, these questions are not examined.  What do the Islamists want to accomplish by attacking the USA or UK or France or Belgium or the succession  of attacks on India as well? Is it a misadventure  to  force upon  the  world their religious belief system?  Is it not driven by the likes of Anjem Choudary, the Bangladeshi origin Imam of Britain, who thundered  over the conference call to channel 7 ABC TV hosts that one day the flag of Islam will fly over the White House? In fact the secular minded people from Islam need to come forward to play a definitive role.”
Mr. Bernstein’s response was interesting because while he did try to offer a solution to Islamic terrorism, he did not tackle the direct question about “motive”.  To paraphrase Mr. Bernstein’s response he recommended that publishers should seek to decrease the amount of “hate speech” being printed and distributed from Islamic nations such as Saudi Arabia, particularly those preaching Wahhabist doctrines. Mr. Bernstein admitted that teenagers do not engage in Islamic terrorism without first being indoctrinated with hate materials.  While Mr. Bernstein may be correct in his assessment that limiting the proliferation of “hate materials” could reduce Islamist violence, he did not address the question for the motivation behind these ideas and actions.  There is no doubt that the systematic discrimination and even elimination of non-Muslims across the Islamic world and the historical and modern invasion of non-Muslim regions accompanied by religious pogroms and ethnic cleansing are sprung from a shared ideological motivation.  If we looked to Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto to determine the the motivations for the Nazis and Communists in their human rights violations, we must look to the Quran and the life of Muhammad to find the motive behind Islamist violence and oppression, both historic and contemporary.  We hope to further engage the human rights community to ponder the question of motivation as it pertains to Islam, just as they did for the rise of Nazism and Communism.

[VIDEO] JFH attends Rajiv Malhotra event at Columbia University

Friday, 04/15/16 – JFH attends a special talk by pro-Hindu scholar Rajiv Malhotra at Columbia University.  The event was hosted by the Hindu charity organization Sewa International as well as the Hindu Students Council.  The talk highlighted the general issues which can be found throughout Malhotra’s books, such as his newly released “Battle For Sanskrit” which focuses on the movements by Western and Leftist academics to de-link the Sanskrit language from Hindu spirituality while simultaneously attempting to paint Sanskrit as a language of social oppression.

The Battle For Sanskrit

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Malhotra began his discussion by citing the tendency of major universities to boil Hindu studies down to “caste, cows and curry”, propagating stereotypes and misrepresenting the extremely pluralistic faith. According to Malhotra, the West/Left uses the genre of “atrocity literature” to demonize other cultures, religions and races so as to justify intervention.  This atrocity literature technique was used against the natives of the Americas, the animists of Africa and is now being used against Hindus.

Malhotra’s Infinity Foundation has made several attempts to work with universities in the United States to create a more balanced and inclusive study of Hinduism, but these attempts and even six figure grants have been routinely rejected.  Because of the hostility found within academia against Hinduism, Malhotra has taken his battle outside the establishment. Malhotra began his struggle to change how Hinduism is taught in academia beginning in the 1990’s when he and his group began activist work to rectify misconceptions and/or a general lack of information about Hinduism in school textbooks.

Malhota discussed issues facing Hindus outside of schools and universities as well, such as the misappropriation of yoga.  Westerners often like to practice yoga and even read yoga texts, but rarely do they give credit to the original source, Hinduism. Some have even gone so far as to repackage yoga as “Christian Yoga” or “Secular Yoga” and re-import these manufactured movement back into India or other areas to compete with traditional Hinduism. This is an example of what Malhotra calls “digestion”, the breaking down of Hinduism into its components and assimilating them into a host culture, strengthening the host while weakening Hinduism.

Malhotra explained that Western attacks on Hinduism are nothing new and began in the British colonial era. Starting in the 1600’s and lasting until the mid 20th century, the British had two main lenses by which they viewed India and Hinduism.  The first was the lense of evangelism, the systematic breaking down and categorizing Hinduism along its socio-religious components (texts, places of worship, customs) so that the religion could be effectively countered and replaced with Christianity.  The second lense was that of mercantilism, the analysis of Hindu society so that it could be cultivated and refined for financial and cultural exploitation.  Evangelical and mercantile subversion of Hindu society served as the informant for similar practices happening today.

Breaking India

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While Malhotra believes that the evangelical and mercantile abrogation of Hinduism continues, they are now accompanied by the new critical lense of Marxism which did not rise until the late 1800’s. Marxists today has found new ways to infiltrate and disintegrate Hindus society by trying to pigeonhole Hinduism as being inherently “right-wing”, elitist, sexist ect.  Marxists tend to only focus on certain strains of the pluralistic faith which they believe will fit their narrative of Hinduism being “oppressive”, while ignoring the more egalitarian “Bhakit Movements” and the goddess worship found in Shaktism. While many leftists and western academics are concerned about overgeneralizing Islam and “Islamophobia”, they have no such conscious about demonizing Hinduism and engaging in Hinduphobia, failing to notice the breadth, diversity and historical examples of the faith.

Invading The Sacred

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Malhotra stated that it is his hope that Hindus will not only find a way to change academic discourse on Hinduism, but also create Hindu media and news outlets which can provide a proper perspective on these issues with an air of respectability. What is needed is Hindu think tanks and news organization which can draw from the best Hindus have to offer in scholarship, public relations and technical expertise.  The defense and rise of Hinduism can only come from outside the established powers, it cannot be done from within.

JFH medical camp for Pak Hindu Refugees in Jodhpur

If you are a Hindu in India and would like to donate to the Pakistani Hindu refugees, please contact Ms. Sarin via facebook (here) or email her (ssusinc@gmail.com)

JFH had visited the Pakistani Hindu refugees in Delhi more than a month ago.  We provided donated clothing and toys to the poor people who had been forced to flee their homes due to Islamist aggression. (See Here)  However, Delhi is not the only city where you will find such refugee camps filled with displaced Hindu men, women and children fleeing Islamic Pakistan; such camps can be found throughout India.

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After our Delhi camp visit in January, JFH made contact with several organizations and individuals in India who are working to alleviate the plight of our brethren, and with a little help we were able to set up a medical camp for the Hindu refugees living in Jodhpur in the Indian state of Rajasthan, which is right across the border from Pakistan. JFH member Mohini Sarin with the help of volunteer services from Dr. Robert Thorne of the USA has been providing the Hindu refugees of Jodhpur with free medical examinations and prescription medication when necessary.

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Ms. Sarin has reported that many of the children at the camp are suffering from malnutrition, infections, infestations from parasites and other maladies.  One young girls has nearly gone blind from the desert sands constantly blowing into her eyes, Sarin says she will provide the girl with special goggles to help alleviate the condition.  Ms. Sarin has also donated shelter tents, food and clothing to the camp inhabitants.

If you are a Hindu in India and would like to donate to the Pakistani Hindu refugees, please contact Ms. Sarin via facebook (here) or email her (ssusinc@gmail.com)

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Pakistan Is An Islamic State

However, the real question is why were these people forced to leave Pakistan in the first place?  Why are the Hindus of Pakistan so desperate that they are willing to cross the border into India where they have no citizenship and must live in squalor? The answer is obvious when we know that Pakistan is by its own constitutional definition an Islamic state.  According to the 2nd article of the Pakistani constitution, Islam is the state religion [1], further provisions state that the President of Pakistan must be a Muslim [2], and so the theocratic bias in favor of Islam and Muslims is obvious. The preamble to the constitution is rather deceptive when it states:

“Wherein the Muslims shall be enabled to order their lives in the individual and collective spheres in accordance with the teachings and requirements of Islam as set out in the Holy Quran and Sunnah; Wherein adequate provision shall be made for the minorities freely to profess and practise their religions and develop their cultures… Pakistan would be a democratic State based on Islamic principles of social justice ” [3] 

The preamble states that Pakistan will give minorities (read non-Muslims) “adequate” provisions to practice their religion, however the preamble also makes it clear that these “adequate provisions” will be dictated by the “Islamic principles of social justice”.  The very fact that only a Muslim can become the President of Pakistan  is a good indicator to what is meant by “Islamic social justice.”

 

Pakistan School Textbooks Preach Hatred For Hindus

The Pakistani government also views it as “Islamic social justice” to print state text books which declare that non-Muslims are the “enemies of Islam” and paints Hindus especially in a negative light, suggesting Hindus are “cruel”, “unjust” and antithetical to “brotherhood” [5]”

”[In Pakistan state sponsored textbooks] Hindus are repeatedly described as extremists and eternal enemies of Islam whose culture and society is based on injustice and cruelty, while Islam delivers a message of peace and brotherhood, concepts portrayed as alien to the Hindu.” [5]

 

Ahmadis Officially Discriminated Against On Passports

Ahmadis are an Islamic sect which formed in South Asia in the late 1800’s.  They follow the teachings of an Islamic reformer named Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.  Ahmadi’s differ from mainstream Islam in that they believe that Islam will be spread throughout the world via peaceful means, not war. Because of their reformist mentality, Ahmadis are systematically and officially discriminated against in Islamic Pakistan.  For example, In applying for a passport or national ID card, all Pakistanis must sign an oath rejecting Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (founder of Ahmadi Islam) and affirm that Ahmadis are non-Muslim [7]; again, this is Pakistan’s definition of “Islamic social justice”.

 

Non-Muslims Victims Of “Anti-Blasphemy” Laws

Futher still, Christians, Ahmadi’s and Hindus are often the victims of Pakistan’s “anti-Blasphemy” laws which make it a state crime to disparage the prophet Muhammad or desecrate a Quran.  It should not be surprising that it has been found that non-Muslims such as Hindus, Christians and Ahmadi’s are disproportionately victimized under these so-called “anti-blasphemy” laws. [9] In 2014, Pakistan sentenced a Christian to death under the these blasphemy laws, the state also sentenced to death a British national who was believed to be mentally ill. [8]

 

Hindu Girls Kidnapped, Raped and Forcibly Converted

According to a report by the Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan, over 1000 non-Muslim girls are kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan every year, some of these girls are as young as 12.  The state courts in Pakistan rarely if ever return these kidnap victims to their families.  Young Hindu and Christian girls who are found to have been kidnapped are usually forced to stay with their kidnapper during the duration of the trial.  If these young girls (who are under the custody of their kidnappers) state they left and converted to Islam willingly, the Islamic court orders that the girl’s new family arrangement is legal.  These young girls then often become the victims of rape and prostitution. [6] [10]

Upon production in the courts or before the magistrate, the victim girl is asked to testify whether she converted and married of her own free will or if she was abducted. In most cases, the girl remains in custody of the abductor while judicial proceedings are carried out. Upon the girl’s pronouncement that she willfully converted and consented to the marriage, the case is settled without relief for the family. Once in the custody of the abductor, the victim girl may be subjected to sexual violence, rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse. [6]

 

Pakistan Muslims Attack And Destroy Hindu Temples
Hindus Unable To Cremate Their Dead 

Many of Pakistan’s Hindu temples were destroyed long ago, however the few that remain are under constant threat of desecration and arson by Pakistani Muslims; since 2012 several Hindu temples and shrines have been either destroyed or desecrated. [11] In 2012 the 100 year old  Shri Rama Pir Mandir in Karachi Pakistan was arbitrarily bulldozed by a land developer, the questionably legal demolition also left many Hindu families homeless. [12] Hindus in Pakistan also find it very hard to cremate their dead (per Hindu tradition) because in many areas of Pakistan the crematoriums once owned by Hindus were taken over by the government and auctioned off.  This condition of the Islamic state takeover and dismantling of Hindu crematoriums has forced several Hindus to bury their dead in the ground per Islamic tradition [4]. The forced burial of Hindus in Islamic cemeteries has increased tensions between the two communities; in 2013 at the behest of an Islamic cleric, a crowd of Muslims dug up a Hindu grave and dragged the body through the streets in the town of Pangrio [13].

 

Conclusion 

Pakistan is an Islamic state, and like in all Islamic states, non-Muslims do not find any sort of justice within its borders.  So horrendous are the conditions for Hindus living in Pakistan that they would prefer to flee to a nation where they have no citizenship, where they cannot work, and where they languish in camps with no electricity, no water, no food, no education and very little hope.  The Hindus of Pakistan have  been driven to these camps due to the Islamic institutions of rape, torture, theft, murder and social discrimination.  Hindus, India and the world must see and hear the plight of these people and come to their aid.  The world must also put a spotlight on the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and sanction this nation for its blatantly discriminatory policies.  Finally, the world must realize that the Pakistani Hindu refugees are a testament to the reality of every Islamic state on earth, their plight is not unique but is similar to the conditions felt by non-Muslims living in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and every other Islamic Republic on the globe.  There is a common denominator in each of these tyrannies where non-Muslims live as less than 2nd class citizens… that common denominator is Islam.

Sources:

[1] http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/constitution/part1.html

[2] Article 41(1)–41(2) of Part III:Chapter 1: The President of the Constitution of Pakistan

[3] http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/constitution/preamble.html

[4] http://tribune.com.pk/story/472486/in-di-khan-hindus-forced-to-bury-their-dead/

[5] http://www.dawn.com/news/672000/pakistan-schools-teach-hindu-hatred

[6] http://www.dawn.com/news/1098452

[7] http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/blog/can-pakistan-declare-ahmadis-non-muslim/

[8] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/27/pakistan-court-sentences-christian-man-death-blasphemy

[9] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-12621225

[10] http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/08/forced-conversions-torment-pakistan-hindus-201481795524630505.html

[11]http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Attacks-on-Hindu-temples-in-Pakistan-a-worrying-trend/articleshow/45317888.cms

[12] http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/100-year-old-temple-demolished-in-pakistan-angry-hindus-asks-govt-to-arrange-tickets-to-india/1/235776.html

[13] http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-hindus-grave-idUSBRE9970EF20131008

Breaking Hinduism in the Caribbean, de-linking and conversion

Caribbean Hindu and political writer Vassan Ramracha warns Hindus living in the Caribbean about the threats posed by conversion and de-linking to the community. 

“I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native self-culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation.”- Lord Thomas Macaulay, Speech at British Parliament 1835

     That spiritual heritage and tradition he referred to was Hinduism; which today remains the last great ancient native religion that has not only survived but, flourishes. It is a constant reminder to Christian missionaries and colonizers that they had not conquered everything, a mistake they are still trying to correct. The colonization process no longer includes a Bible in one hand and a whip in the other, now they have changed the game. The missionaries come bearing gifts, smiles and other trinkets because they need to show that they are peaceful and democratic to the world but, any opposition to their tactics is heralded as intolerance and they will cry over their constitutional rights to convert and call it freedom of religion. So Hindus are forced to open their doors to destruction in the name of democracy.

However, Hinduism did not come out unscathed and the Indian society is still scarred by such exploitation. Colonizers created deep divides in India and took diverse sections of Indian society and created hostile divisions. One such example is the caste system which had its roots in the Hindu tradition known as Varna, a social concept, where everyone is respected for their contribution to society no matter what task they perform. As a structured academic system Hinduism gave names to the different classes of people in society for organization purposes just like how we must class our citizens to better understand Economics such as the middle class etc.    British colonizers then transposed the Varna into an oppressive, discriminatory system based on more heinous divisions and called it caste which more resembled their very own peasant-serf system hierarchy back in Europe. Ironically, now they point fingers at Hinduism and call us uncivilized for the version of the caste system they created. Is the caste system really a part of Hinduism? Do we see it in Guyana and Trinidad, where our Hindu ancestors travelled and began a new Hindu society or did we abolish it and forget it since it doesn’t matter to us? That’s how colonization worked back then but, now they cannot openly force Hindus to convert as they did in the Goa inquisition and put them to hot racks and other torture, now they come bearing good tidings.

The British colonizers no longer have to do this to Indians themselves because their Christian Indian creations are doing it for them. People like Lord Macaulay created such processes to control conquered peoples across the globe and today legions of Christian Indians who have no sense of what happened to them and how they came to be this way continue the practice blindly. They are victims of the colonization process themselves and continue to parrot what they have been taught. The Christian Indian missionaries are continuing the destruction of their ancient religion as the colonizers planned long ago. Out of that forced conversion in the past Hindus became Christians in large numbers and now follow the teachings of the Church. Even when it is against their own ethnic interest they continue to see their own native religion with contempt. The Christian converts now go knocking on the doors of their own people to finish the job. The Catholic Church and other evangelical organizations have better records than even the United Nations and World health Organization of every region, caste and religion in India, even which tribe is against which tribe and how to exploit that divide. They have handed down methods to their minions how to best convert the remaining Hindus. They even have maps of exactly what parts of the world still need to be converted and red hot target areas such as India. Some of their current methods include meeting with Hindus and using the newly formed friendships to understand how Hindus think and what they can succumb to, dressing like swamis in traditional clothes in saffron and going among the “pagans” to preach, using Hindu culture such as music and dance to spread their dogma. However, unlike the unsuspecting Hindus they do not get lost in the unity, fusion and brotherly love. They understand the tenets of their belief that there can be only one God, one way and one path. They continued this process on the Hindus when they got to Guyana and Trinidad and used the Presbyterian and Catholic schools to do it, making Hindus feel their education was superior and more civilized and Hinduism was just idolatrous and superstitious.

The idea of using dance and other arts as a proselytization tool to infiltrate and convert Hindus came up recently. A pastor stopped a young girl from participating in a Divali ceremony in Guyana and made it clear the difference between Christians and the enemy as she rightly stated it. The pastor was exhibiting the underlying tenets of the Christian faith and the old way of doing things. The real danger was in the reply by a Christian convert of Indian Guyanese descent currently proselytizing in India. If he believes that we should all respect each other why is he converting in India? Conversion is an act of hostility, it says without saying, I do not believe in your way and do not respect you so I am going to convert your people and as your numbers diminish so will your civilization.

Careful analysis of his words show his true intentions. He wrote that we should show respect to Hindus and writes in the Guyanese newspaper about his efforts, in so doing they will see our work and Glorify the father, meaning come to Christ and forget their native religion. This is the systematic destruction of Hinduism we are looking at. He then ended by saying invite me to your mandir and we will sing about Yeshua together. He did not say we will sing about Ganesh together but, only mentions Yeshua, the Hindi word for Christ, another trick to tie up Hindus. He continues to use his Hindu name Devanand Bhagwan as explained before to infiltrate the Hindu ranks. Like any other conquered person he may not agree with colonization but is facilitating the process since he has rejected his native beliefs and is propagating the colonial religion. This is the game. The game is so good. World class organizations are used as an excuse to infiltrate Hindus and Harvard University will soon begin to “study” the Kumbh Mela festival, where over a 100 million Hindus descend to celebrate their diversity of beliefs; now this is pure Hinduism. Soon enough they will demonize Hinduism by reports of “pollution” and “crime” and as usual will have almost nothing good to say except how Hinduism is just a menace. This topic was recently brought to attention by author Rajiv Malhotra who voices the Hindu opinion. If you’re not really familiar with him it’s because our corrupt media makes it so but, off course many have heard of Wendy Doniger who wrote “The Hindus,” and it was heralded as a great seller and a magnificent read and yet it practically denigrates Hinduism to mere sexual imagery, fantasy and myth. Her books are available in every shelf in the big airports in India but, if it were to be pulled they would call India and HER Prime Minister Modi intolerant. They find crafty ways to label the victims as intolerant in the eyes of the world in order to force them to accept destruction disguised as democracy.

They now exploit the Hindu beliefs in peace, non-violence, democracy and use words from the Vedas as Vasudevam Kutumbakam meaning the world is one family, to lure Hindus everywhere and in Guyana, Trinidad and other diaspora countries as well to accept their ways. Their intentions are plain as seen in the Nepal Earthquake and Chennai Floods where instead of food the Pope sent Bibles. A new Mother Theresa movie will come out soon demonizing Hindus who speak against this systematic destruction of their religion as an extremist group. However, Hindus are not only speaking out against the conversion but the environment conversion creates. Conversion not only causes political dissention among nations and groups but it hits at the very root of society, the family, causing disruption and disrepair of bonds.

The last group contributing to this are the remaining naïve Hindus who blindly repeat we are one world and all religions are the same without understanding the facts. Off course we are one, it’s the ideal and we should all try and get along. Nothing is wrong in participating and learning about each other’s beliefs in fact, I encourage everyone to find out more about Hinduism as it’s extremely misunderstood but, Hindus need to recognize the signs of those who have genuine intentions and those who have none. By all means, dance, sing, join us for food and light deeyas too. We will welcome you as long as you respect our right to exist. Hindus need to educate themselves about the games afoot to destroy this religion because now it is coming gift-wrapped and harder to defend against, who can say no to smiles and peaceful proposals? Keep Macaulay’s words in mind, “if they lose their ancient tradition [Hinduism] they will become…a truly dominated nation.”

So far we have seen how British colonials openly spoke about their plans to control nations and destroy native cultures by breaking their native religions through conversion and other exploitation games. This continued interference into the lives of different ethnic groups has led to mass genocides all over the world when groups began to see themselves as different. In the Indian race this has taken form in the destruction of Hinduism; the glue that holds Indian culture together and the primordial soup from which it sprung. The British no longer have to do it themselves since they have missionaries especially Indian Christian missionaries doing it for them. These people are trained how to play the democracy game and use the ideals of brotherly love, one world and even Hindu beliefs in peace and love against Hinduism.

No one can truly be disconnected to their culture. These have been developed over millennia and practiced for even longer. It is part of our blood, DNA and rooted into our genealogical memories.  Even in Europe they are feelings the pangs of their native calling and have been celebrating Viking festivals with more fervor in Scotland and Iceland. In Africa strong female singers are challenging Christianity and colonization through music to open the way for the revival of native African religion. So too Indians who converted long ago and even yesterday feel a pull to their native roots. They feel it every time a tabla plays or a sitar begins to stir. They feel it every time they hear chutney music and tassa drums begin to tune up. They feel it every time they see a classical dance and see Hindu women dressed in saris and they want to light the Deeyas too. I sure don’t need to explain what happens when we smell curry and doubles? This delicious food surely could not have come from the culture they left behind? This thing they enjoy daily could not have come from the same Hinduism they are told is evil and idolatrous? What they have been taught begins to fight what they are feeling.

The Christian missionaries, western academia, the Church and the converted Indians then try to legitimize their conversion by killing two birds with one stone; they disconnect Indian culture from Hinduism. There are three main claims they make that Hinduism is not really a religion, Indian culture has nothing to do with Hinduism and they distort history to show how parts of Hinduism like Sanskrit and Yoga never came from Hinduism. These are the missionary games we must learn about fast because they are hitting the global market. The Church and western academia are now using the slogan, “Hinduism is not a religion, it’s a way of life,” to get Hindus to forget the contributions of their religion to the world and to stop the world from giving Hinduism the respect and recognition it deserves. The academic powers and colonizers cannot have Hinduism turning any heads when they tried so hard to destroy it. They are now claiming that karma, avatars and all the things the world has come to enjoy especially Yoga and Sanskrit are not Hindu. They claim that yoga was founded before Hinduism and Sanskrit may have origins outside India. Sanskrit is a hit in the scientific world with NASA and computer programming and they are claiming Sanskrit is not Hindu, it’s not even Indian. Yoga needs no introduction, everybody loves it. How can they let Hinduism seep into the minds of their flock? The best way to stop it is by disconnecting Hinduism from all its branches, the language, dance, music, food, scriptures. They even claim the Vedas and Upanishads, our oldest texts came from elsewhere and not India or Hinduism, and they are practically saying it is not an Indian invention because that’s how colonization works. If Sanskrit and Yoga are not Indian or Hindu where were these people when Hindu blood was being shed to save it? Where were their voices when Hindus were tortured and enslaved to protect it? Where were they when Yoga and Sanskrit were mocked as witchcraft and barbarian while Hindus were being put to shame for calling it their own? Where were they when it was called Hindu and therefore illegitimate as study, now the world wants it and conveniently it’s not Hindu anymore? Where were they for at least ten millennia when India had “stolen” it?

The converted Indians want to legitimize how they feel and their actions of being involved in any kind of Indian culture like music and also begin to chant this slogan too. After all, if Indian music is Hindu how can you destroy what you love? If dance is Hindu how can you destroy the thing that created it? If Indian food came from Hindu traditions how can we legitimize destroying our native culture? Let’s analyze what they are saying? Hinduism is not a religion, it’s way of life. Yes, it’s true Hinduism is a way of life but, any religion is a way of life, if you want to truly follow Hinduism you should be vegetarian, you should practice yoga, you should practice respect for animals and the environment and you have certain main festivals you might be expected to celebrate which includes Divali, ritual fasting, pilgrimage to holy places in India if you can afford it, among many things. Are Islam and Christianity not the same? Being Muslim is a way of life too, women should ideally wear hijab, one must pray five times a day, go on Hajj and for lent Christians fast, exchange gifts for Christmas. All these are lifestyle choices and any religion is going to be a way of life so calling Hinduism a way of life and not a religion means either the other religions are not religions or missionaries are using something called a logical fallacy, an argument that appears to be logical but, is not very logical when you really think about it. How can it not be a religion, its real name is Sanatan Dharma, roughly translated it is “the eternal religion!”

Let’s look at the elements they try to disconnect. They say things like Indian dance, food and music is not Hindu, its Indian culture. However, the religion Hinduism is a complete holistic way of life and it penetrates every aspect of human activity. Hinduism believes God is everywhere and all aspects of life intertwine with Hindu philosophy, let’s see how. Indian classical dance or Bharatnatyam is made up of routines that tell the story of the gods like Rama and Krishna, that’s Hinduism! Stories used in dance coming from our sacred texts the Ramayana and Gita. Indian food comes from India the land from where Hinduism sprung. Hindus have a vegetarian diet and if you want people to eat their vegetables there’s only one way to do it, make it spicy! Curry, masala, geera, yes all of Hindu origin, because to maintain a Hindu vegetarian way of life food was developed that people could grow to like. Culture comes from traditions and many times they spring from beliefs of the people, like their religion. In this case the religion is Hinduism. Indian music could not exist without Hinduism. Indian music comes from thousands of major and minor scales intended to mimic the sounds of the gods, make it divine and copy the original sounds of the Universe when it was created. Music was so highly developed in Hinduism it was tailored to create meditative effects to worship the gods. Saraswati is the goddess of music, it could not get any clearer than that. So next time you want to enjoy Indian culture go ahead and do so, no one is stopping any person from practicing yoga or singing chutney but, do not disconnect it from the origins. Hindus only ask that you respect its origins.

Just like part one of this article, I repeat, the last group of people and the most important are the gullible Hindus who are facilitating the demise of their religion by just reciting what western academics write, thinking they are being hip, being accepted and studied by mainstream scholars. These are Hindus who blindly repeat yes its true yoga belongs to everyone. They say it out of wanting to share their practices with everyone and hope it brings joy to anyone ailing or in need of natural aid. However, as we Hindus open our doors to destruction, missionaries are giggling at our foolishness because mainstream academia is now recording unchecked, without any opposition that we no longer have a religion. This can be used against us. One day you may show up to get married at the county office and they will tell you sorry this is not a recognized religious practice. Hindus need to be careful, our freedoms can be taken away from us so easily, and it’s dangerous.

They are using these weapons to prove that nothing belongs to Hinduism; yoga, karma, dharma, Sanskrit and all the things that the world now loves. Colonization comes in many packages. These things for which Hinduism should finally be getting the applause for is being taken away and Hindus don’t even see it. We must stand up and say yes it does belong to us but, anyone may use it for their betterment. Hindus also know Hinduism is not a religion in the traditional sense of the Abrahamic word because it has no dogmatic rules, you can basically choose what you want to practice and you can question everything but, that doesn’t mean it’s not a religion. The media uses this idea Hindus have of Hinduism and get them to also repeat the phrase Hinduism is not a religion. Religion is not just the Abrahamic definition of religion it must become broader than that. Corrupted academia and missionaries will use any amount of words and games but, if the end of the argument leads to nothing belongs to Hinduism then Hindus need to wake up. Hindus can no longer afford to be afraid to speak up, what is the harm in practicing your democratic right to say, “You may take part and enjoy any part of Hinduism but, these practices came from Hindu origin please respect that.” No one can mute the voice of a billion people speaking in unison.

Vassan Ramracha

 

JFH Joins “Save Malda, Save USA From Islamic Jihad” World Campaign, New Jersey [Video]

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Sunday, January 31st, Edison NJ – JFH joined members of the New Jersey Hindu community to participate in coordinated world demonstrations against Islamic Jihad in the Indian state of West Bengal, particularly the district of Malda.  The protests were covered by TV5 and NTV.

The anti-Jihad campaign sprung up after local Muslims in Malda attacked a police station in early January, injuring more than a dozen officers and torching more than 30 vehicles.  The attacks on the police station were followed by 5 bomb blasts and shooting in a local market. [1] [2]

Ten local Muslims have been arrested in relation to the attacks. The Islamist violence erupted during a protest coordinated by the Muslim organization “Anjuman Ahle Sunnatul Jamat” (ASJ).  The ASJ staged the protest turned violent in response to local Hindu leaders who made derogatory statements about the Prophet Muhammad. [1] [2].

The recent Islamic terror attack shows a rising trend of Jihadism in the Indian state, particularly Muslim aggression against the local Hindu majority.  In 2013, Muslims burned down and looted more than 200 Hindu homes in West Bengal after an Islamic cleric was murdered by unknown assailants. [3]

Local and national politicians in India are accusing the West Bengal government, headed by Trinamool Party leader Mamata Banerjee, of turning a blind eye to Islamic violence in the state in order to secure Muslim votes. [4] The Leftest government in West Bengal headed by Banerjee has long allowed illegal Muslim migrants from the neighboring Islamic Republic of Bangladesh to flood the state, providing them with voter identification and ration cards in return for their allegiance at the ballot box. [5]

The question of Islamist violence and Muslim immigration at the behest of government leaders is no longer just an Asian issue.  Mass state sponsored Muslim immigration into Europe has lead to mass shootings such as took place in Paris in 2015, where 128 people were killed at the hands of Islamic assailants. [6] Further, hundreds of European women have been raped by the incoming Muslim migrants, increasing tensions on the continent. [7]

The message of the demonstration was clear.  Mass Islamic immigration and Jihad violence, aided and abetted by traitorous politicians, is not just a threat to West Bengal, Malda or India; Europe and even America are now beginning to feel the threat of Islam.  Malda is simply a prelude to the violence that will soon face the West if they do not wake up and change their leaders and societal thinking on Islam.  The campaign to save Malda is a campaign to save Europe, save the United States and to save the world.

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Sources:

[1] http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/kolkata/malda-violence-48-hours-later-10-held-for-mob-attack/
[2] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/mob-attacks-police-station-in-malda/article8061769.ece
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3] http://www.chakranews.com/muslims-torch-and-loot-200-hindu-homes-in-west-bengal/3645
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4] http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/communal-clashes-soar-in-bengal/
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5] http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/malda-riots-is-mamata-banerjee-playing-vote-bank-politics-should-president-intervene_1843908.html
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6] http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/13/world/paris-shooting/
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7] http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/14/world/europe/a-climate-of-fear-widens-divisions-in-europes-migrant-crisis.html?_r=0
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8] http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/05/us/tashfeen-malik-islamic-state.html

JFH visits Pakistani Hindu refugee camps in Delhi – distributes supplies

January 19th, 2016 – JFH members from the United States visited the Pakistani Hindu refugee camps located in Majnu ka Tila, outside Delhi. The refugee camp is home to more than 500 people (100 + families). Because these Hindu refugees were forced to flee Islamic Pakistan, they are not citizens of India and so languish in makeshift camps with no electricity, no running water and no ability to work; they are cold and hungry. JFH took video testimonials from some of the camp members about why they fled from Islamic Pakistan; please see their videos below. JFH also distributed hygienic supplies, clothing, shoes and toys to the refugees (all supplies were donated by JFH member Mohini Sarin), but this barely made a dent in the need of these people. Ms. Sarin is currently still in India and hopes to organize a free medical and dental screening for the refugees, as well as get local Indians to donate for food, education, clothing and other amenities.  If you are a Hindu in India and would like to donate to the Pakistani Hindu refugees, please contact Ms. Sarin via facebook (here) or email her (ssusinc@gmail.com). 

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Pakistan Is An Islamic State

However, the real question is why were these people forced to leave Pakistan in the first place?  Why are the Hindus of Pakistan so desperate that they are willing to cross the border into India where they have no citizenship and must live in squalor? The answer is obvious when we know that Pakistan is by its own constitutional definition an Islamic state.  According to the 2nd article of the Pakistani constitution, Islam is the state religion [1], further provisions state that the President of Pakistan must be a Muslim [2], and so the theocratic bias in favor of Islam and Muslims is obvious. The preamble to the constitution is rather deceptive when it states:

“Wherein the Muslims shall be enabled to order their lives in the individual and collective spheres in accordance with the teachings and requirements of Islam as set out in the Holy Quran and Sunnah; Wherein adequate provision shall be made for the minorities freely to profess and practise their religions and develop their cultures… Pakistan would be a democratic State based on Islamic principles of social justice ” [3] 

The preamble states that Pakistan will give minorities (read non-Muslims) “adequate” provisions to practice their religion, however the preamble also makes it clear that these “adequate provisions” will be dictated by the “Islamic principles of social justice”.  The very fact that only a Muslim can become the President of Pakistan  is a good indicator to what is meant by “Islamic social justice.”

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Pakistan School Textbooks Preach Hatred For Hindus

The Pakistani government also views it as “Islamic social justice” to print state text books which declare that non-Muslims are the “enemies of Islam” and paints Hindus especially in a negative light, suggesting Hindus are “cruel”, “unjust” and antithetical to “brotherhood” [5]”

”[In Pakistan state sponsored textbooks] Hindus are repeatedly described as extremists and eternal enemies of Islam whose culture and society is based on injustice and cruelty, while Islam delivers a message of peace and brotherhood, concepts portrayed as alien to the Hindu.” [5]

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Ahmadis Officially Discriminated Against On Passports

Ahmadis are an Islamic sect which formed in South Asia in the late 1800’s.  They follow the teachings of an Islamic reformer named Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.  Ahmadi’s differ from mainstream Islam in that they believe that Islam will be spread throughout the world via peaceful means, not war. Because of their reformist mentality, Ahmadis are systematically and officially discriminated against in Islamic Pakistan.  For example, In applying for a passport or national ID card, all Pakistanis must sign an oath rejecting Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (founder of Ahmadi Islam) and affirm that Ahmadis are non-Muslim [7]; again, this is Pakistan’s definition of “Islamic social justice”.

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Non-Muslims Victims Of “Anti-Blasphemy” Laws

Futher still, Christians, Ahmadi’s and Hindus are often the victims of Pakistan’s “anti-Blasphemy” laws which make it a state crime to disparage the prophet Muhammad or desecrate a Quran.  It should not be surprising that it has been found that non-Muslims such as Hindus, Christians and Ahmadi’s are disproportionately victimized under these so-called “anti-blasphemy” laws. [9] In 2014, Pakistan sentenced a Christian to death under the these blasphemy laws, the state also sentenced to death a British national who was believed to be mentally ill. [8]

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Hindu Girls Kidnapped, Raped and Forcibly Converted

According to a report by the Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan, over 1000 non-Muslim girls are kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan every year, some of these girls are as young as 12.  The state courts in Pakistan rarely if ever return these kidnap victims to their families.  Young Hindu and Christian girls who are found to have been kidnapped are usually forced to stay with their kidnapper during the duration of the trial.  If these young girls (who are under the custody of their kidnappers) state they left and converted to Islam willingly, the Islamic court orders that the girl’s new family arrangement is legal.  These young girls then often become the victims of rape and prostitution. [6] [10]

Upon production in the courts or before the magistrate, the victim girl is asked to testify whether she converted and married of her own free will or if she was abducted. In most cases, the girl remains in custody of the abductor while judicial proceedings are carried out. Upon the girl’s pronouncement that she willfully converted and consented to the marriage, the case is settled without relief for the family. Once in the custody of the abductor, the victim girl may be subjected to sexual violence, rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse. [6]

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Pakistan Muslims Attack And Destroy Hindu Temples
Hindus Unable To Cremate Their Dead 

Many of Pakistan’s Hindu temples were destroyed long ago, however the few that remain are under constant threat of desecration and arson by Pakistani Muslims; since 2012 several Hindu temples and shrines have been either destroyed or desecrated. [11] In 2012 the 100 year old  Shri Rama Pir Mandir in Karachi Pakistan was arbitrarily bulldozed by a land developer, the questionably legal demolition also left many Hindu families homeless. [12] Hindus in Pakistan also find it very hard to cremate their dead (per Hindu tradition) because in many areas of Pakistan the crematoriums once owned by Hindus were taken over by the government and auctioned off.  This condition of the Islamic state takeover and dismantling of Hindu crematoriums has forced several Hindus to bury their dead in the ground per Islamic tradition [4]. The forced burial of Hindus in Islamic cemeteries has increased tensions between the two communities; in 2013 at the behest of an Islamic cleric, a crowd of Muslims dug up a Hindu grave and dragged the body through the streets in the town of Pangrio [13].

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Video Testimonials Confirm Reports

Sona Das has been living in the Pakistani Hindu refugee camp in Delhi since 2011. Sona testifies in the below video record that Pakistani Muslims loot Hindu homes, terrorize Hindus, kill Hindus in their homes and rape Hindu girls. They attack and destroy temples he states.  The Pakistani government does not listen to Hindu complaints he affirms.

Sukhnandan is another Pakistani refugee living in the Delhi caps. According to him schools in Pakistan teach the Islamic religion and so Hindu parents have to keep their children at home.  The Islamic state does not allow Hindus to cremate their dead per Hindu tradition but forces them to bury their children in the ground. Young Hindu girls are kidnapped by Muslim men and gang raped. He says Hindu daughters are not safe in Pakistan. Hindus are shot, burned and beaten and the government does nothing to help them. “We would rather die than go back to Pakistan” he states.

Conclusion 

Pakistan is an Islamic state, and like in all Islamic states, non-Muslims do not find any sort of justice within its borders.  So horrendous are the conditions for Hindus living in Pakistan that they would prefer to flee to a nation where they have no citizenship, where they cannot work, and where they languish in camps with no electricity, no water, no food, no education and very little hope.  The Hindus of Pakistan have  been driven to these camps due to the Islamic institutions of rape, torture, theft, murder and social discrimination.  Hindus, India and the world must see and hear the plight of these people and come to their aid.  The world must also put a spotlight on the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and sanction this nation for its blatantly discriminatory policies.  Finally, the world must realize that the Pakistani Hindu refugees are a testament to the reality of every Islamic state on earth, their plight is not unique but is similar to the conditions felt by non-Muslims living in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and every other Islamic Republic on the globe.  There is a common denominator in each of these tyrannies where non-Muslims live as less than 2nd class citizens… that common denominator is Islam.

If you are a Hindu in India and would like to donate to the Pakistani Hindu refugees, please contact Ms. Sarin via facebook (here) or email her (ssusinc@gmail.com)

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Sources:

[1] http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/constitution/part1.html

[2] Article 41(1)–41(2) of Part III:Chapter 1: The President of the Constitution of Pakistan

[3] http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/constitution/preamble.html

[4] http://tribune.com.pk/story/472486/in-di-khan-hindus-forced-to-bury-their-dead/

[5] http://www.dawn.com/news/672000/pakistan-schools-teach-hindu-hatred

[6] http://www.dawn.com/news/1098452

[7] http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/blog/can-pakistan-declare-ahmadis-non-muslim/

[8] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/27/pakistan-court-sentences-christian-man-death-blasphemy

[9] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-12621225

[10] http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/08/forced-conversions-torment-pakistan-hindus-201481795524630505.html

[11]http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Attacks-on-Hindu-temples-in-Pakistan-a-worrying-trend/articleshow/45317888.cms

[12] http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/100-year-old-temple-demolished-in-pakistan-angry-hindus-asks-govt-to-arrange-tickets-to-india/1/235776.html

[13] http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-hindus-grave-idUSBRE9970EF20131008

Mother Teresa Was No Saint To Hindus

The Vatican has announced that it will be declaring “Mother Teresa” a saint on Sept 4th 2016 (see here), this despite the fact that Mother Teresa’s charity has been internationally documented as being nothing more than a fraud which hoarded donations collected from criminals and dictators, while allowing Indian Hindus to die in unsanitary condition so that their souls could be collected for the Vatican in death bed conversion ceremonies. JFH members have staged several demonstrations in different location to protest the sainthood of Mother Teresa and educate the public about her recorded unsaintly activities.  Please see and share our research below.

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The Following Is Based Upon Research From:

“Mother Teresa, the final verdict” by Aroup Chatterjee & “The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice” by Christopher Hitchens.  Information is backed up by outside sources when available.

The life and purported works of Mother Teresa are increasingly coming under tighter scrutiny coupled with a large measure of cynicism and increasing demands for transparency as the epic biopic movie “The Letters” depicting her “sainted” life premiered, on Friday December the 4th. In addition just recently, it has been announced by the Vatican that Mother Teresa will be declared a Saint by the new Pope Francis. The pontiff marked his 79th birthday by approving a decree that the nun had performed a second miracle making her eligible for Sainthood, the Vatican declared in a statement. She will likely be canonized in September 2016 to coincide with the 19th anniversary of her death and Pope Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy. [1] Mother Teresa’s gigantesque reputation as an iconic figure of great humanitarian works has remained relatively unchallenged and unopposed for decades. This unparalled reputation as an irreducible paragon of virtue of legendary proportion has even preceded her words and actions when it should be precisely the opposite. It is time to cast light of the real words and actions of Mother Teresa and prove that she does not deserve “Sainthood” under any religious institution.

Hemley Gonzalez – “Stop Missionaries Of Charity”

Mother Teresa had a very dubious way of caring for the sick. In fact many male and female volunteers including doctors, anthropologists and sociologists have gone on record with harsh and damning criticisms of the abysmal substandard of care provided in her home for the dying and destitute in Calcutta in spite of the fabulous assets (albeit primarily undisclosed) of the world famous charity. Often untrained volunteers were given tasks which normally require one to be trained in medicine and therapy. The number of vocal and disillusioned followers is increasing. One such person is Hemley Gonzalez who grew up in a poor neighborhood himself in the US and was inspired enough after reading a biography on Mother Teresa to volunteer at Nirmal Hriday, the home for the dying and destitute for two months in 2008. Gonzalez states that he was shocked to see the gross negligence. Needles were washed in cold water and reused dozens of times. Even disposable gloves were reused. This is a very unsanitary if not outright lethal practice which would have invoked colossal malpractice lawsuits in any other medical institution. Gonzalez narrates accounts of an untrained volunteer wrongly feeding a paralyzed inmate who choked to death and another where an infected toe of an inmate was cut without anesthesia. There were many who had a chance to live if given proper care. Gonzalez was at once repelled and moved enough to start an alternative charity with fiscal transparency and accountability called ‘Responsible Charity’ where professional medical help was given. He was motivated enough to run a counter campaign on Facebook called ‘STOP MISSONARIES OF CHARITY’ and has over 2000 members. He was even interviewed by Forbes magazine in India. [2] [3]

STOP MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY: https://www.facebook.com/missionariesofcharity/

Former Nun Susan Shields – Teresa Was Hoarding Wealth

Susan Shields who was a nun with the Missionaries of Charity order in the Bronx, Rome and San Francisco writes in her article ‘House of Illusion’ that she knew of immense quantities of money including $50 million donated in all sincerity by people from all walks of life which lingered unproductively in bank accounts. The sisters were rarely allowed to spend money on the poor they were trying to help and lived ascetic lives. Susan Shields recollects that the sisters were given use of a large three story convent in San Francisco with many large rooms. The heat remained off all winter in this exceedingly damp house and several sisters contracted TB during the time she lived there. This kind of deprivation was justified by Mother Teresa’s philosophy in order to keep the sisters living an extremely ascetic life in tune with the poor they were serving. The donations rolled in and were deposited in the bank. Instead of spending the money the sisters were forced to plead poverty and thus manipulated generous, credulous people into giving more goods, services and cash. She wrote that jewelry, cash and valuable articles were just lying in the basement. The flood of donations was considered to be a sign of God’s approval of Mother’s congregation. The nuns were told that they received more gifts than any other religious congregation because God was pleased with Mother. The size of a great fortune increased with every postal service delivery. The money in the bank was treated as if it did not exist. Thus the affectation of modesty and humility masked both greed and ambition not to say arrogance. Susan Shields left the order in 1989 in great discomfort with what she experienced. [4]

Stern Mag Blasts Teresa For Neglect

The German magazine Stern (10 September 1998) published a devastating critique of Mother Teresa’s work on the first anniversary of her death entitled ‘Mother Teresa, Where Are HerHeH Millions?’ The article concluded that her organization is essentially a religious order that does not deserve to be called a charitable foundation do to the charges of neglect of residents, indifference to suffering, massaging of figures, manipulation of the media and knowingly handling millions of dollars of stolen cash. The Missionaries of Charity never responded to these allegations. It is ironic that the article was still scathing in spite of the fact that the publication is traditionally pro Catholic and the original drafts were heavily edited to tone down the valid and legitimate criticism and skepticisms expressed and demonstrated. [5]

Mother Teresa Hell’s Angel

Criticisms of Mother Teresa peaked during her lifetime as well. Apart from the November 1994 documentary “Mother Teresa: Hells Angel” which aired in the UK on BBC TV as the very first attempt to explode the Mother Teresa myth, there was a harsh critique on conditions in her orphanages in India that was published in the Guardian of London (14 October 1996) where charges of gross neglect and physical and emotional abuse were made. The article alleged her own complicity and knowledge in the unacceptable practices that went on in her homes. (Chaterjee, Final Verdict)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65JxnUW7Wk4

Dr. Robin Fox Speaks Out – TB Patients Not Separated

Dr. Robin Fox, editor of the international and highly esteemed medical journal the Lancet wrote how he visited the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in 1994 and he wrote in his own words how disturbed he was that TB patients were not separated neither were painkillers used along with a total neglect of diagnosis. Dr. Fox was professionally qualified to pronounce upon the standards of care. At that time Mother Teresa had been working Calcutta for forty five years and for nearly thirty of them had been favored with immense quantities of money and materials. [6]

Molly Moore – Babies Have Rashes And Smell Like Urine

The American journalist Molly Moore covering Bill and Hillary Clintons’ 1996 trip casually mentioned in the Washington Post the children smelling of urine when Hillary Clinton visited Mother’s orphanage. [7] She had to endure the reader’s wrath for her passing comment! Such was Mother Teresa’s extent of insane, uncritical, unreserved popularity. She was above reproach.

Mary Loudon – Teresa Ran A Concentration Camp

Mary Loudon, a volunteer in Calcutta testified that her initial impression of the Mother Teresa home for the dying is that it looked like a concentration camp where all the patients had shaved heads (In Indian culture long hair for women is essential and the women were humiliated with this stipulation), clothes were removed and any possessions confiscated. An open overall with stings was provided however no underwear was provided. Food was nutritionally inadequate and always the same. The patients were put on very rudimentary pallets or WWI type stretchers which the nuns made. The stretchers had green plastic type sheet (remember cotton is grown and spun in India and cheaply available in plenty) and small scratchy blankets. There was no garden or yard for leisure. Two rooms were crammed with fifty to sixty men in one small room and fifty to sixty women in another. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Needle Sharing

Needles were reused over and over and nuns rinsed hypodermic needles under the cold water tap. [8] When a nun was asked why she was not using boiling water to sterilize the needles she dismissively said “There’s no point, there’s no time”. A young boy of about fifteen was dying and an American doctor advised Mary Loudon that she had been trying to treat this boy and that he had a relatively simple kidney complaint that had got worse and worse because he hadn’t had antibiotics and he actually needed an operation. The nuns refused to take him to the hospital. He died unnecessarily as did many others including a new born baby girl called Maria who was admitted, the superior decided that she was not to be fed from a teated bottle as there was an epileptic child in the room; teats were passed around and not properly cleaned and the superior insisted that epilepsy was contagious. Maria was fed so badly that she died in two months. A woman was dying from TB and there was no intervention from the nuns. God decides who lives and who dies. The only painkillers used were aspirin and very rarely if the patient was lucky Brufen. Mere aspirin was given to patients with cancer, linctus to those with TB and glucose drips with old needles rinsed in cold water to those in comas. And everybody regardless of creed gets a good Catholic funeral. When young children or teenagers died because they were refused adequate treatment the usual refrain from the nuns would be gross indifference, ‘If we do it for one we have to do it for everybody’. Mother treated the Indian poor very differently than she did herself. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Dr. Preger Starts Alternative “Calcutta Rescue”

Dr. Jack Preger (OBE) another disillusioned Catholic volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity was also so appalled by what he witnessed that he founded his own charity called ‘Calcutta Rescue’. He wrote disparagingly and despairingly about the hypodermic needle sharing policy. Patients with TB were not isolated despite the highly contagious nature of the disease. Patients with Hepatitis B and C were not isolated either and the needle sharing would have made patients highly susceptible to even further contagious diseases. There is no justification for the needle sharing policy of Missionaries of Charity as they have stockpiles of needles, syringes and medical supplies that are lying unused. Even Prince Charles bought syringes and needles when he visited the Mother Teresa clinic. The order is so famous that they needn’t even have to ask and floods of steady supplies would stream in. Shockingly she would receive a bounty of donations of syringes and needles from the west but these were not used. [4] Tracey Leonard another appalled volunteer wrote ’the equipment supplied is usually IV sets, syringes and needles, catheters, scalpels, and boxes and boxes of gloves (none of which we ever seem to use)’.  Whether Calcutta’s poor caught AIDS or Hepatitis C mattered little to Mother Teresa so long as her fame was on the ascent and an incredulous world believed whatever she uttered. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Jesuits And Volunteers Dismayed

However when it came to her own ailing health Mother Teresa was a little less complacent and the best doctors were flown in from overseas to have a pacemaker fitted by highly skilled heart surgeons and she recuperate in the post-cardiac care unit at the Woodlands Nursing home, the most exclusive private clinic in Calcutta. Preger wrote that the harvest of cash and kind and the ever increasing flow of volunteers (who could have given round the clock surveillance) she received could be used to upgrade her medical programs although she resisted the idea of developing them into full-fledged hospitals. Father Chetcuti a Jesuit volunteer had written that Mother Teresa had relied on donated stuff and was obsessed with freebies, a mindset which came from a lifetime of receiving shiploads of donations from all over the world. She was opposed to spending even small amounts to buy medicine or equipment to save lives in India. In two decades that passed until Mother Teresa’s death the care deteriorated. Father Chetcuti wrote his experiences in his commentary ‘Choosing to serve the Destitute’ chronicling his time as a volunteer at Nirmal Hriday her home for the dying back in the 1980s. [9]. Western volunteers were disturbed by Mother Teresa’s needle sharing policy but most of them kept quiet. A Dr. Mary Poplin from California had volunteered in Calcutta for a couple of months in 1996 and wrote that a young handicapped girl had a considerable lung congestion. There was no respiratory machine. The volunteers began to protest and one healthcare professional was so distressed that she left after a couple of days. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Muckrakers Rake Teresa

Sam Westmacott a British Freelance journalist worked as a volunteer at the home for the dying and the orphanage in Calcutta in 1996. She wrote in the Daily Telegraph about her experiences. ‘It is easy to understand the criticisms of Mother Teresa’s methods. Hygienic they were not. Rubber gloves were re-used after minimal sterilization and beyond basic medicines, there was little nursing equipment – not even for cleaning patients’ grotesque bedsores. Neither were the patients turned. Doctors and nurses had to learn their ‘loving, untrained way’. Perturbingly, many faithful volunteers remained staunchly loyal to Mother Teresa even after their experiences in Calcutta. One young volunteer and devout Christian stated that Missionaries of Charity was merely a ‘Band-Aid’ operation and even stated that a small local organization called Ankur Kala which she used to pass on her way to Mother House was doing a more useful job than the internationally famous order. However she remained a staunch fan never the less! Another British Doctor who had volunteered several times wrote that he was totally overwhelmed with being put in charge with little equipment and no trained staff. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Catholic Charities Denounce Teresa

Other Catholic charities working in India have changed their way of working and many of them are openly critical of Mother Teresa’s approach and neither CAFOD nor Christian Aid (a Catholic Charity) would consider funding her work. Leo Baysam the head of Christian Aid’s Southern Asia operations said ‘She makes no attempt at community health programmes for example. But people in the West carry on giving her money …. The long term care they offer children have no vision, no plan, no stimulation or education…’ nothing however detracted from Mother Teresa’s image, and to her, image was important, image was everything. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Sally Warner Blogs Against Teresa

Sally Warner, an Australian volunteer who worked in several of Teresa’s orphanages from 1997 onwards wrote that the nuns were very cruel, callous and there was severe neglect and widespread pilferage of toys by the nuns. Toys disappeared and some ended up locked in cupboards not to be used.  A slum dweller woman named Baby Katun reported her frustration that when important Westerners arrived children would be fed and given new clothes only apparently to have them taken back after the delegation had left. Baby had been banned from sewing classes for being ‘cheeky’ as she had an argument with the Catholic nuns over Catholic prayers which she refused to participate in and she was allegedly slapped by a nun. Baby had given a statement ‘The Sisters are only there to feather their own nests. They are absolutely awful. Poor people are always shoed away from their doors. Every Christmas there are a lot of clothes that come from abroad. This is also the time that the Sisters get their yearly visits from their family members. Some of the clothes are distributed in the slum, but most of the clothes and goodies are sent away with the nuns’ relatives, sometimes they take away so much stuff that they would have to hire taxis (which are expensive in India). And, a lot of the food ration that is meant for the poor is also sold – the rice, the wheat, the maize – all sold to the local shops. All Catholic families got help of one kind or another at Prem Daan and at least one member from each of the dozen Catholic families there have been employed at Prem Daan. The families also get monthly food rations. A leper called Kamol testified that the brothers at the Titagarh leprosarium (Gandhiji Prem Niwas) were misappropriating materials meant for the poor. He complained that all he got was two kilos of bulgar wheat a month. Ms. Warner wrote that she was horrified that simple measures like soap and running water were not provided for persons working with babies and they had to wash their hands in a ‘plastic basin floating with soap scum’. A young boy called Anil had a foot deformity which could have been corrected but was needlessly left to suffer a life of disability. A girl named Princy with a cleft palate was eighteen months old was never even considered for surgery in spite of Warner’s pleas and will grow up with permanent disabilities which were all along avoidable. She witnessed child labor, a mute twelve year old girl doing children’s washing in an upstairs room. Like Sam Westmacott, she wrote that children were not picked up but were fed on their backs. In Madras (now Chennai) the nuns had a dedicated cook for themselves which served ‘delicious’ food whereas the children’s diet was inadequate. The Indian workers (not belonging to the order) worked hard and had inferior food. Warner was invited by the nuns to join them for meals and never to eat the workers’ food. She saw a superior nun severely slap two workers. The workers did not understand any other language Warner was told! All western volunteers were served a hearty and healthy breakfast to their stomachs content however Indians could only have breakfast if they attended mass. Poor Indians were barred from entering Mother House to talk to nuns. Warner wrote that the only pictures allowed on the orphanage walls were those of Teresa and Jesus. In Calcutta Warner wrote that there would be poor people begging foreigners outside Mother House after a major flood had struck surrounding villages and a nun stated ‘They know we never give anything from Mother House. ‘These orders are known to have come from Mother Teresa herself. In a room there were forty children with various disabilities – the room was only 10m by 10m. The small playground was locked and a plastic paddling pool which an Australian volunteer had donated in 1999 had disappeared soon afterwards. Teaching was minimum or non – existent. Nuns often didn’t know the age of the children. Warner complained repeatedly to the nuns and obviously no action was forthcoming as she went on a petition campaign to collect a large number of statements from Catholic volunteers asking for a certain minimum number of changes. She was routinely ignored and once even threatened. [10] (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Food Rotted While The Poor Starved

Richard Dean, a practicing General Practitioner in London went to Calcutta as a volunteer in 1980 described large quantities of food grain such as rice and wheat mostly gifted from the US, stored in the compound rotting. Every month there would be a mini riot and poor people would burst through the gates and grab some wheat and rice and go away. Shockingly, expired drugs ten to twenty years old were used on patients by the brothers who had no medical or nursing training. They would often use drugs without knowing what they were for. Needles were not replaced and the tips had become like fish hooks and it was a job to get the needle in and another to get it out causing unimaginable agony to the patients. It was agonizing for Richard Dean to witness all this abusive behavior. The brothers would however receive the very best treatment for themselves at the gleaming new American hospital. However when an impoverished rag picker appeared with the biggest hydrocoele (a fluid filled sac around the testicle, often first noticed as swelling of the scrotum) that Dean had ever seen and which quite literally came down from his groin to his knees, the brothers typically refused to finance his treatment retorting the similar refrain ‘If we do it for one, we have to do it for thousands.’ He described his experience with the Missionaries of Charity as horrific. He actually left the brothers towards the end of his stay and found some Hindu organizations who were doing excellent work with far less resources. He also left Catholicism. Dean wrote that Mother Teresa’s organization was at least partly responsible for him eventually leaving Catholicism and that even though he had been back to Calcutta a few times since 1980 he had never been back to see anybody from the Missionaries of Charity. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Priests Accuse Teresa Nuns Of Torture

One Kalighat priest, Debi Charan Haldar, who lived and worked close to the home did go and record in an interview to a local magazine stating that many Sisters were very harsh towards the patients at Nirmal Hriday and that almost every night he and others would hear heartrending cries from the old patients and that he suspected the Sisters were indulging in physical torture. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

False Claims And Exaggerations

It is essential to dispel the cult of lies that has become central to the propagation of the Teresa myth. Mother Teresa herself was the most responsible for the misrepresentation of her activities. She has been rightly described by author of the “Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice” by late author and Teresa critic Christopher Hitchens as a pious and religious hypocrite of the first degree. Mother Teresa arrogantly assumed that she had free holy license to lie because of her celebrity status and the power and authority of the worldly powers that backed her. Because of this she had enormous political power, affluence and influence. Mother Teresa had been habitually economical with the truth over the last half a century when talking about her operations. She always said that ‘journalists can do the work of God’. Kathy Ward of Ireland’s Sunday Independent stated ‘there is no doubt that she has sought publicity’. She played the media skillfully and with adept with so many decades of practice. Mother Teresa was one who worried the least about statistics. She repeatedly expressed that what matters is not how much work is accomplished but how much love is put into the work. Then one begs the question, why did she continuously bolstered and exaggerated figures and outright lie? She told the media ‘I have two hundred small babies in my hospital in Calcutta.’ She however did not have any hospitals in Calcutta. Some writers have made exaggerated and false claims about the charitable functions of the Missionaries of Charity including that they have 122 leprosy clinic. In matter of fact they only have a single leprosy clinic in Calcutta and that an open air one. Mother herself set the precedent for these false and gross exaggerations of her charitable activities. She stated that she spent 20,000 Indian Rupees a week just on food for the 59 centers. In 1977 Mother Teresa had four centers in Calcutta and presently her order has eight not counting her three large nunneries in the city. She also publically declared that she had 102 centers of natural family planning claiming that some 69,000 less babies were born because of this in Calcutta, then on another public occasion touted doubled the figures to  164,000 and the final number crunch came on Scottish Television where she stated that one million less babies were born! Mother Teresa declared that there are ten million people in Calcutta but that she was not aware of one woman among the very poor who has had an abortion. She stated this quite frequently during her lifetime harking back to her old theme, ’We always have space for another child’ , ‘Bring me all your unwanted children’  – her order does not have single maternity home or mother and baby unit. Mother’s heavily scientifically flawed natural contraception method study was headed by her own gynecologist Professor Ajay Ghosh. It is now quoted endlessly by the Catholic anti-contraception lobby as a valid study. Many of the women in the study actually became pregnant and went on to have abortions. Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar who was a co-author of the study remained close to Mother Teresa till her death. When she opened up a fertility center, Mother Teresa gave her a glowing testimonial. Ironically there is an ideological ban on fertility treatments in the dogmatic brand of Catholicism Mother Teresa subscribed to. The Vatican absolutely disallows them. However Mother was never averse to exceptions and reciprocation of services rendered to bolster her vested interests. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Adoption Scandal

The Missionaries of Charity used to charge an unofficial adoption fee and were quite open about placing their children with Catholic families often in exchange for large donations. Donations from adopting couples remain a large source of income for the organization. In 2013, thirteen of her orphanages recently closed in India for their inability to comply with the new state rules where orphanages must let single and gay couples adopt. [11] Previously the orphanages could decide who the child would be adopted by. In the small classroom prayer is also solely Catholic despite telling the world that she allowed the children the option to pray to their own Gods. In his book “The Final Verdict”, Aroup Chatterjee describes how he witnessed a very poor woman with children thrown out into the street by the nuns. After some agitation and anger expressed by local shopkeepers who took pity on the poor women the nuns reappeared at the door and said that they would only take care of her if she signed over the children to them (and the author safely assumes the children would then be adopted by a Catholic family) .The irate and incredulous mother though poor, refused to sign her children over to them. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

More False Claims

Mother Teresa also made outrageous and truly bizarre claims in front of the world media that she fed 9000 people a day when in fact the numbers were more like 150 a week and mostly exclusively those who had a family card which really translated as those families that had converted to Catholicism. This practice only applied in India and not in her homes in Western countries where this pernicious religious discrimination would never have been tolerated. She only took in 500 to 700 people a year despite claiming tens of thousands. False and exaggerated claims continued in succession ‘We never refuse a child’. She claimed that she taught thousands of children, however she did not have a single proper structural school for slum children or any kind of children.  Many people assumed that she helped huge numbers with the vast assets and resources at her disposal. In actual matter of fact hardly a mere 12c was spent on each slum dweller per year. In all probability a portion of this measure figure was spent on upkeep of her religious community. A very small, minutiae portion went to the poor. Given all her grandiloquence and image making wouldn’t people naturally assume that Mother Teresa spent 101% of her money on the poorest of the poor? Questions have been raised pertaining to the vast fortune reported to the order of the Missionaries of Charity. Nothing is known what happens to the endless donations and prize monies Mother Teresa received. Mother Teresa had told Sudeb Roy Chaudauri, a Calcutta journalist shortly before receiving the Nobel that ‘I shall spend this (Nobel of $ 160,000 or so which included $ 110,000 prize money) for lepers and for housing for the poor’.  No housing for the poor was seen except for 50 Catholic families in Hatgachia and no new leprosy facilities were built in India either. It cannot be emphasized enough that if you were Catholic, you were treated differently. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Did Her Money Go To The Vatican?

The lion’s share of donations actually went to the upkeep of nuns, brothers and training novices and religious homes such as nunneries and monasteries. The orders main bank is the Vatican Bank, formerly known as IOR (Institute for religious work which is secretive). The Vatican was always of a recipient of the countless millions collected. Even though Mother Teresa always emphasized that her organization was a strictly Indian one, in 1965 it ceased being governed by the Calcutta Archdiocese and came under direct governance of the Vatican  in all probability for financial purposes. This unknown but substantial sum was being deposited with the Vatican Bank with its dubious and murky connections. Mother Teresa’s order does not keep any public accounts except in Britain where the laws are strict. In India, charities are not obliged to publish their accounts but most of the others do except Missionaries of Charity who are exceptionally secretive and aggressively protective over their accounts. She declared as much as she had to the relevant government departments knowing that the public would not have access to her accounts. Mother Teresa was always fiercely loyal to her backers, the largest of which were corrupt financiers and dubious dictators and she never revealed their identities. She would conceal their identities by saying the money was coming from God himself.

“We Are Religious, Religious, Religious”

Please bear in mind that Mother Teresa’s global income was more than enough to outfit several first class clinics in Bengal. The real description of her institutions was that it was merely the propagation of a cult based on death, suffering and subjection. The decision not to develop proper outfitted clinics with doctors, nursing and professional care and equipment lay with Mother Teresa herself who stated that ‘we are not doctors, we are not teachers, we are not nurses, and we are not social workers. We are religious, religious, and religious’. In the daily life of the Missionaries of Charity more importance is given to prayer than to actual work. ‘We are not social workers’ Mother Teresa would say ‘We are first and foremost contemplatives’. Mother Teresa admonished all priests who engaged in community work: ‘I say to all priests: ‘You have not become priests to be social workers’. Kalighat her famous hospice for Calcutta’s dying destitute is very small with fewer than a hundred places. She had no involvement with the poor of Kalighat, she did not even run a soup kitchen there. Teresa order does not offer any facilities for the extremely unfortunate poor women and children in Kalighat. This place was the first of many establishments and it was here that the film ‘Something Beautiful for God’ was made and bought her international fame. She rarely visited any of her other homes in Calcutta for at least the last two decades of her life as she spent half the year abroad as the Pope’s political ambassador where she spent most of her time on religious and administrative work. She never compromised religion for the sake of charity. Her loyalties were never divided when it came to advancing papal pelf and power over the world. It was in the 1970s that she began spending the vast majority of her time abroad and took on a massive international expansion programme – Calcutta did not feature in that programme. Much of her international travel was for religious and diplomatic rather than charitable reasons. She refused to make any of works of her particular brand of charity into an institution. She refused to have hospitals or employ a full-time doctor unless they gave free service. She refused all sophisticated types of equipment in her homes even the simplest microscope which could rapidly diagnose certain sicknesses, unless of course it came to herself. When she was ailing with heart problems she had more than fifteen thousand dollars of the most advanced and sophisticated medical aids and equipment in her room at any one time! (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Death Bed Baptisms

In January 1992 after heart surgery at Scripps clinic, CA Mother Teresa made a lengthy speech to an enraptured audience of doctors and nurses and gloated about secretive conversions of her patients in India. She told a predominantly Christian captive audience that she had ‘cheated’ Heaven as no one had died without receiving the special Baptism ticket for St. Peter as she called it. She stated that ‘We ask them, the dying person if they want a blessing by which their sins will be forgiven and they can receive God. They have never refused’. She boasted that 29,000 had died in Kalighat from the time it began in 1952. Mother Teresa surreptitiously taught the sisters to baptize those who were dying. The sisters were to ask each person in danger of death if he wanted a ‘ticket to Heaven’ An affirmative reply was to mean consent to Baptism. The sister was then to pretend that she was just cooling the person’s forehead with a wet cloth while in fact she was baptizing him quietly saying the necessary words. Secrecy was important so that it would not come to be known that the sisters were baptizing Hindus. Susan Shields who wrote about this issue and who was known as Sister Virgin left the order in 1989 as she grew more uncomfortable with the deceit, pretense and hypocrisy. (This issue of death bed conversions and Catholic baptisms is also covered in Wikipedia under Mother Teresa criticisms and controversies). Dead bodies were not treated with respect by the Missionaries of Charity. There was no refrigeration. As per Hemley Gonzalez he witnessed dead bodies in the morgue be given Catholic last rites. In February 1992 when Princess Diana visited Kalighat her personal protection officer Ken Wharfe had to do a security check of the morgue. He wrote ‘The mortuary attached to the hospice run by Missionaries of Charity is the most appalling place I have visited in my life. Indeed the hospice itself was effectively a mortuary. Tracy Leonard describes the morgue as a place ‘where the line between the living and the dead was sometimes blurred. She recounts an experience where she found a living (albeit just) person in the morgue and then in surreal drama bringing him out of it to the room. He had been wrongly diagnosed by a Brother! (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Better Charities Got Less Recognition

Aroup Chatterjee in his formidable treatise on Mother Teresa: The Final Verdict goes into great detail explaining how the Ramakrishna Mission a Hindu based charity does phenomenal rescue and outreach work with a fraction of the resources man and media power and publicity. He goes onto explain and educate readers that there are around two hundred charities operating in Calcutta alone and that Missionaries of Charity is one of the most insignificant in terms of relief work despite its international fame, acclaim and fabulous resources. The quality of care and the array of structures in place that the majority of these alternative charities have for the most part is outstanding and their track record during the many floods, famines and bouts of starvation resulting from natural calamities is simply astounding and astonishingly impressive. Disastrous floods struck West Bengal in August 1996. Many of the suburbs of Calcutta were also submerged bringing immense difficulties to the poor there. Yet again the Missionaries of Charity were utterly inactive. Relief work as brought to the victims by other organizations, primarily the Rama Krishna mission and Bharat Sevashram. The Rama Krishna Mission issued a statement asking for children orphaned by the floods to be referred to the center’s orphanage in Barrackpur, a Calcutta suburb. Although Mother Teresa never lifted a finger during the 1995 nor 1996 floods she mentioned working flat out during the Calcutta floods. This may have been true on a single, solitary occasion but this is definitely not the usual nature of the work of the Missionaries of Charity, these were gross exaggerations. During the fifty years that Mother Teresa was doing charity worked in Calcutta there were about a dozen very major floods in Calcutta with hundreds to thousands dying on each occasion and countless millions homeless. The city itself was flooded quite a few times, paralyzing urban life and badly affecting the poor of the city. Only during one of those floods did Mother Teresa offer some kind of help. It is typical image making and media and self-projection that one occasion should be symbolic of her work when truthfully and in all fairness her lack of inaction during the other floods and tragedies should receive emphasis given the grandiosity of her worldwide image as a towering repository of humanity and boundlessness and compassion. It should not be oversighted that Mother Teresa when describing her operations in India never told the world of the less than basic nature of the standard of care. She disguised this sordid reality in the lingo of ‘love’ and ‘beautiful’. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Where Was Mother Teresa?

In Uttarkashi at the foothills of the Himalayas where an earthquake had killed 1500 people in October 1991 the government of India came in for some sturdy criticism for being tardy in spending the $ 246 million dollars it had received from the World Bank for the rebuilding of Latur, but nobody commented on the inaction on the part of the Missionaries of Charity whose fabulous assets were not bought to help in any way. During the earthquake on September 30, 1993 in the western state of Maharashtra in one of the biggest natural disasters in the history of India, 8000 people died and five million lost their homes and all their possessions. Over two hundred NGOs rushed to help and many are working to this day as the rebuilding of a large district both physically and emotionally can take decades. The Indian government put in a special grant of 8 Billion rupees. Missionaries of Charities contribution?? You guessed it! When the plague struck India in 1994, Mother Teresa again had no involvement whatsoever during or after the plague with treatment or prevention. In December 1984 when three and half thousand mainly poor people and families died and more than two hundred thousand maimed and injured in the Bhopal from inhaling toxic gas leaked (gross negligence) by the Multi National giant Union Carbide, Mother flew in and was surrounded by angry and grieving relatives of the many victims. The audience was incredulous when she uttered the insensitive and most inappropriate and callous words ‘Forgive, I say forgive’ at the climax of such an immeasurable tragedy and promptly left. Bhopal Gas leak was the single largest industrial disaster evet to have occurred. I believe she merely gave out Catholic religious medallions to the survivors! There was no dearth of horrendous death, suffering, injury and misery and many families and individuals suffered the effects and symptoms of the chemical fallout for decades. Her long list of absenteeism from very real and tangible tragedies, epidemics and natural calamities and disasters on a colossal scale is notable and considerable. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Money From Dictators And Thieves

Missionaries of Charity have never been held accountable for and rarely demonstrated clear transparency for the literally hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars they have received over the past four decades ostensibly for the “poorest for the poor”. Teresa unhesitatingly and most willingly accepted huge amounts of money from convicted felons such as Charles Keating of the “Savings and Loans Scandal” to the tune of at least, 1.25-1.4 million dollars. Judge Lance Ito who conducted Keating’s trial, concluding with the inevitable sentence was simply astonished and dumfounded when the “saintly” nun wrote to him requesting leniency for Charles Keating calling him a “friend of the poor” and implored Judge Ito to therefore do what Jesus would have done by demonstrating clemency. [12] District Deputy Attorney Paul Turley wrote back to her in a personal response, a respectful but detailed explanation of Keating’s crimes and the undue hardships he had foisted on thousands of individual investors whom he had defrauded out of many hundreds and thousands of dollars. He promptly exhorted that Mother Teresa should do what Jesus would have done, namely not keep the fruits of crime and return the money to its rightful owners. She never responded. It is interesting to note here that she never intervened to assist any others outside her vested interests, in any other trial in spite of so many other legitimate civil and criminal cases as she considered this outside of her religious domain. However at times she said that she wanted to open a special jail for doctors who performed abortions, so she was not against selective custodial sentencing per se. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

She also accepted donations from a legion of dictators, murderers and thieves such as the infamous “Baby Doc” Duvalier” or Jean-Claud Duvalier [13] whose own corrupt lifestyle was luxurious thanks to revenue from his participation in the drug trade and practice of selling dead Haitian citizen’s cadavers overseas. She had flown to Haiti to accept the “Legion of Honor” and a grant from the Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti and in return lavished praise and encomium on the reputedly murderous crime family. Robert Maxwell the infamous British tycoon and fraudster who milked his employees pensions funds to the tune of hundreds and millions of pound had many fundraisers for her. She also accepted undisclosed sums of money from a devout Catholic called Robert Hanson, an FBI agent who received at least one million pounds from the KGB as a spy. [14] Ultra-right wing hawkish war hungry and powerful politicians such as Robert McNamara the US Defense secretary was one of Mother Teresa’s consistent and strongest advocates in her bid for the Nobel Peace prize recommending her over the years on three different occasions. The facts that sinners had presumed that giving to Mother Teresa would somehow absolve or reduce their sins helped Mother Teresa through the years. Many of Mother Teresa’s friends were racists. Her friend Rutelli, the then Mayor of Rome had said he wanted to rid the city of Gypsies by 2000. Time and time again the rich, the powerful, the vicious, the bigoted and the exploiter rallied around her. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Mother Teresa had claimed that her organization cannot work for the rich, nor accept any money for the work they do and that her Missionaries of Charity had to be a free service to the poor. The fact of the matter is that the Missionaries of Charity have for decades been the recipients of the extraordinary largess of governments, large foundations, corporations and private citizens, including wealthy Hindu families. She always insisted on having the very best of treatment for her own ailing health at the Birla Heart Research Institute or the Woodlands Nursing Home, one of the best clinics in Calcutta where there were no fees charged to her at all. Moreover strict orders were given to volunteers not to visit her at these fine clinics and hospitals as the order presumably did not wish them to witness the vast gulf between care that she gave and received! Mother Teresa did not deliver at the basic primary level either. With all her funds she could have looked after all the needs of all the poor in Calcutta, such as running a massive soup kitchen, or a primary school in each of Calcutta’s slums. Ninety five percent or more of the buildings of Missionaries of Charity have been donated either by governments or the Church. Mother Teresa has gone on record stating “We don’t accept government grants. We don’t accept Church donations. We depend solely on Providence.” Mother Teresa took money and property from the Calcutta Corporation where her home in Dum Dum, Calcutta is also built on land donated by the West Bengal government. She took large donations from notable and ultra-wealthy Hindu business magnates and even sent her nuns for free training to Hindu charities and non-Catholic charities. In Madras two corporate donors MRJ Tyres and Ashok Leyland donated a lot of the foodstuff. She had no hesitation in twisting and bending facts in order to promote her fiery, intolerant brand of dogmatic Catholicism. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

More Obsessed With The Unborn

Mother Teresa had more of an obsessive preoccupation with unborn children than with living children. She had a dogmatic, fundamentalist opposition to abortion (calling mothers murderers who aborted their fetuses), contraception and divorce. Most of her global agenda was traversing the world, especially the US and Rome where she was literally resident more so than in Calcutta, aggressively courting and lobbying politicians on the world stage who espoused anti-abortion views and pushing the Catholic agenda. Her entire award speech on the occasion of her winning the Nobel peace prize in 1979 was for the most part a vituperative tirade against abortion. Mother Teresa was the emissary of a highly politicized papacy. Her world travels were not the mere wanderings of a pilgrim but highly determined and focused political agendas. In contrast Mother Teresa never spoke out about the practice of child labor as this would be too’ political’ for her. There are at least two dozen organizations in India working to eliminate the ancient tradition of child labor and child slavery. Further Mother Teresa’s involvement with civil or criminal trials that suited her ambitious political agenda can be demonstrated by the fact that she flew to the USA to file a ‘friend- of –the- court’ brief for a Mr. Alexander Loce who had been convicted of trespassing into an abortion clinic to stop his estranged ex-fiancée from having an abortion. Little did Mr. Loce know he would have a ‘living saint’ as an ally! There had been a dire earthquake in Latur, India killing some 1,500 people and causing untold damage and devastation but again the ‘Living Saint’ had more pressing engagements! (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Her lack of respect and encroachment on women’s rights can be observed in her stance in 1971 during the course of the aggressive war in Bangladesh when mass gang rapes of mainly Hindu women and young girls occurred. Mother Teresa implored the hapless victims not to abort the seed of the invader and violator. She took her fundamentalist dogma to such an insensitive extreme under such tragic circumstances. Thousands of helpless female victims including a mere eight year old girl who was slit, were reportedly used like ‘cigarette’ machines by the invading soldiers and repeatedly brutally raped until they died. Out of many thousands at least fifty of the babies that were born out of these tragic circumstances were adopted by the Missionaries of Charity and in all probability placed in Catholic homes. Mother Teresa’s refugee camp was in Calcutta’s outskirts by the airport and played a minor part in the Bangladesh war relief. Most of the other organizations were helping at the border with Bangladesh where the action was. The fact that her camp was near the airport immensely bolstered her publicity as American senators and dignitaries and journalists from the UN and the WHO made her camp a compulsory and sometimes the only stop when coming to assess the civil war in Bangladesh on the ground. In twenty five years Mother Teresa had not made more than three trips to Bangladesh, the world’s second poorest country and a twenty minute flight from Calcutta. Mother Teresa even opposed abortion out of rape on a political platform. Mother Teresa and the Pope refused to accede that artificial contraception should be available to women under any circumstances including after rape. The Pope had made similar strenuous appeals in Bosnia to scores of raped and traumatized forcibly impregnated hapless women not to abort the seed of the violator. They had such an implacable extreme ideological opposition that the Vatican cancelled their token $2500 annual contribution to UNICEF because it was offering the morning after pill to women who had been raped in central African refugee camps. However, for all her moralizing, when Princess Diana divorced Mother Teresa expressed her support of the divorce in spite of her otherwise dogmatic opposition in Ireland. She expressed no opposition to the royal family of Monaco divorces who were Catholics.  (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Dubious Political Alliances

Teresa was a non-honoree Vatican citizen and simultaneously an Indian citizen which is illegal and used to vote up until the 1970s and influenced her nuns to vote for the Congress Party with whom many believe the Vatican is aligned. She was also given an honorary US citizenship in 1996. However when it came to friends in high places such as her strong political connections to the Congress Party she endorsed (by stating that there are more jobs and the people never seemed happier) the harsh Emergency of 1975 to 1977 when her close friend and ally PM Indira Gandhi suspended democracy and civil rights in India and censored the media and incarcerated many political prisoners who opposed her repressive tactics and draconian and anti-democratic measures. It is ironic that Indira Gandhi’s son Sanjay Gandhi who was the de facto ruler of the Congress party even though officially he did not hold political office ran amok of basic  human rights during the Emergency on a coercive campaign of forced sterilization of Indian males. Many of these men had not even been married. Sanjay Gandhi also razed homes of the poor in his obsession to beautify Delhi. Mother Teresa voiced no opposition to these flagrant violations and human rights abuses which she was well aware of. Mother Teresa was very well connected to Jyoti Basu West Bengal’s former chief minister whom she gleaned special favors from and she retained powerful allies in the bureaucratic system both at state and Centre levels. Bureaucrats hesitated to ask uncomfortable questions especially about her funds as they were fearful of her political connections especially her powerful friends within the Congress party which was extensively influential at the time.  (Chaterjee / Hitchens) Mother Teresa also reportedly defended a pedophile priest, Fr Donald MacGuire who was convicted of molesting boys in federal and state courts and is serving a twenty five year federal prison sentence. [15] The Vatican is a leading offender in the pandemic child sex abuse scandal. There has been prevalent ritualistic abuses and extensive child pornography ‘farm’ of 2,500 children including a one year old boy in Goa by a Catholic priest called Freddie Peat. Of course no compensation is offered by the Church to its poor victims in the Third World. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Teresa Used And Abused Calcutta

Christopher Hitchens wrote in his critical commentary ‘The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice’ stated that with all the funds at her command Teresa could have built the finest teaching hospital in Calcutta. However, Mother Teresa and her allies had a vested interest in portraying Calcutta as a stone age and primitive city to give the impression that her primitive and substandard charitable functions and sites are appropriate and sufficient given the squalor and backdrop of Calcutta as justification. She used Calcutta and denigrated the city and the Hindu religion that gave her so much. The order built their Tangra home for the mentally ill destitute in Calcutta with the building (built for her) donated by a local businessman Bimal Jain. The pumping house for the home was donated by Navin Khilani. The land was given rent free by the government. Even her first trip abroad in 1960 was sponsored and paid for by the late G.D. Birla, the wealthy Hindu business magnate. Mother exploited institutions in Calcutta and its tradition of tolerance towards all religions and proved herself to actually be an obstacle for other charities in the city in getting funds from abroad. She also often sent her residents from Prem Daan to Calcutta’s National Medical College and the Pavlov Hospital for anti-TB medication. Mother Teresa took for free from other charities of Calcutta such as the children’s charity CRY where her Sisters were trained for free. She used the mental handicap charity where she sent some of her charges for the day everyday as her order did not provide any training or rehabilitation facilities in her orphanage. The children were bought to and from her orphanage in the Kendra’s sole ambulance when all the ambulances donated to Mother Teresa by Indian doctors and others were being used as taxi services to chauffeur nuns, brothers and novices to Church or other religious homes. [16] There is even a documented picture of one of the ambulances filled with live chickens for a feast on Mothers birthday. The side panels inside the ambulances were reportedly removed and replaced with seats for the nuns and brothers to sit! (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Mother Teresa even took money from an orphanage called Nav Jeevan to accept one of their older children who could not be adopted! Mother Teresa requested Anandalok, a fledging Indian charity that provides amongst other services cardiac intensive care to the poor for a nominal charge to provide funds for one of her charges who required treatment for leukemia at a hospital run by Christians. Only a year before Mother Teresa had snubbed Anandalok charity who had invited her to preside over an artificial limb donation ceremony for poor handicapped villagers. She lied and called out sick and ditched at the last moment to go and get an award in Delhi by her cohorts in the ruling Congress Party, her Catholic co-religionist Sonia Gandhi. Her priorities were always political opportunities for the Church and Vatican to gain greater access to the corridors of power. Mr.D.K. Saraf the head of Anandalok also related how in February 1996 when a large number of shacks adjoining Mother’s Prem Daan home burnt down and the slum dwellers did not even think of going to her for assistance but instead came to the fledgling charity Anandalok which undertook the rebuilding of the shacks and also bought pots and pans etc. for them. The nuns merely watched as the charity workers from Anandalok worked through the day rebuilding. Mr. Saraf stated that he was surprised and amused Mother Teresa asked a poor charity like Anandalok compared to her financial strength for money. However he opined ‘But I am quite bitter the West (and so many Indians), make such a fuss about her. Can you tell me what exactly she is doing?’ She gave credence to the unfair, undeserved reputation and widely held belief and perception in the Western world that Calcutta was a mere charnel house full of poverty and dying people on the streets and that she and her roving band of ‘angels’ were the sole saviors of the city’s impoverished inhabitants. She in fact indirectly tarnished Calcutta’s reputation and lost the city countless billions in tourism by continuously and consistently projecting it as a city of poverty, death and decay in order to propagate her own cult of suffering, death and misery which she immensely profited by. Whitman lucidly describes how Mother Teresa dealt with ingratiating Indians who did not matter- she had little time and barely masked her contempt for them.  Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread. She said that suffering of the poor was very beautiful as it bought them closer to God. This theory was never applied to her when she was ill. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Teresa Treated Indians Differently Than Westerners

Mother Teresa was philosophically opposed to spending even small amounts of money to buy medicine or equipment to save lives in India. There was astronomical difference between the standards of care in her homes in the West and those in India. Conditions were so stark that even those prone to elevate Mother Teresa bought out the facts at time. In an authorized biography Kathryn Spink who admires Mother Teresa notes ‘There were those trained doctors and nurses who came to work there on a voluntary basis who were horrified at the failure to observe the kind of fundamental rules of hygiene that would protect the sisters from infection and the patients from contaminating each other. “Further the ‘No Family’ cases was always rigidly applied. Mother Teresa uncompromising tone and message was ‘If you had lied to us that you did not have any family, so without a family you shall remain during such time that you are under our holy roof’. Visits by friends or family were not allowed. It is interesting to note at this point that a human resources expert commented that in pure financial terms alone, the money Mother Teresa saved every year through her volunteers in Calcutta amounted to millions of dollars. She refused to hire doctors and nurses unless and until they volunteered. Hardly any of the Westerners have even heard of the Ramakrishna Mission, a Hindu based charity and the country’s biggest charity that does immense and outstanding relief work for the poor with comparably less resources and publicity. On the other hand Calcutta Rescue which was started as an alternative charity by a dissatisfied and disgusted Teresa volunteer is better known because it was started by a Westerner. Mother Teresa built up a distorted image with repeated inferences and comments that it was she who taught charity to Indians. ’We thought charity was for Christians only’. (Chaterjee / Hitchens)

Conclusions

In summary it is easy to see why Mother Teresa was not a saint but merely a fundamentalist Catholic (when asked, she flatly stated she would have sided with the Church authorities against Galileo!) with a global domination political agenda, taking every opportunity to promote and propagate her dogmatic and rigid faith and her political ally and master namely the Pope and the Vatican. Visiting and bringing Catholicism to people are seen by the order as the most vital functions of a Teresa nun worldwide. She was not small, humble and pious but immensely rich and powerful. She did not like ‘institutions’ that offered better care to people but she made strenuous efforts to develop her order into a world-wide institution, including stations in Islamic countries. Missionaries of Charity was a Catholic Empire and its founder strove extremely hard to expand it at any cost. She was the grand officiate and administrator overseeing and  building ever increasing tight knitted networks with religious authorities, worldwide political leaders and governments to open more and more convents and homes. She even attempted to meddle in Indian politics and democratic political processes by using her position and leverage to bring pressure to bear on the Indian government. Image making aside she was a very powerful and influential person who could have done immense sincere good works with her wealth and resources that genuine charities could only imagine. The transgressions of the order are so humongous and inveterate that there would be sufficient evidence to build a dossier of virulent and systematic human, child and women’s and religious rights abuses against Missionaries of Charity in orders of magnitude not to mention donor fraud and financial irregularities. The message is loud and clear, namely a clarion call to mankind for zero tolerance for high crimes and pandemic corruption in the appealing garb of religiosity and piety.

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Teresa Nun Accused Of Torture
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Mother Teresa Humanitarian Image A ‘Myth,’ New Study Says
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Mother Teresa ‘saint of the media’, controversial study says
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Researchers spark controversy by claiming her care of the sick was ‘dubious’ and handling of cash ‘suspicious’
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Mother Teresa’s Legacy is Under a Cloud
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