Monday, August 23, 2004

today ....

Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, better known to the world as Mother Teresa, was born in Uskub (now in the Republic of Macedonia), on this day in 1910. She lived in India from the late 1920s till her death on September 5, 1997. Beatified by Pope John Paul II, she was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1979, and received considerable international praise and recognition for her work in Calcutta (though unfortunately, the city is now almost permanently identified with being filled with the poor, the needy and downtrodden ....), as well as considerable criticism for her stand on family planning, abortion, the role of the Missionaries of Charity w.r.t. furthering of the Christian faith as well as the use of donations and funds for purposes other than charity.

2 comments:

Prashant said...

The last time I was in Kolkata, it gave me the impression that the rate of getting cleaner was far higher there than in Mumbai. But then ofcourse they started so far back... However I wouldn't be too surprised if the average cleanliness (if there is such a thing) in Kolkata would be higher than Mumbai...

Aditya said...

what i meant was irrespective of how much cleaner or dirtier calcutta is compared to delhi or mumbai, mother teresa's association with the city seems to have given its image a permanent beating ..