When?
Wednesday, December 13 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Dr Aroup Chatterjee

What's the talk about?

"Dr Aroup Chatterjee was born and brought up in Calcutta, a city (unfortunately) synonymous with Mother Teresa. He came to UK in 1985 at the age of 26, when the reputation of Teresa was at its peak in the world . Difficult or impossible to convey it to a non Calcuttan, but in Calcutta, at least in the 1980s she was very much a peripheral figure, not prominent in any aspect of the city's life. If anything Dr Chatterjee was well-disposed towards Teresa till about 1988, when it began to dawn on him the astonishingly monumental nature of lies, myths and misrepresentations that went on (and goes on) about Teresa's so-called charity. He realised this was due to both the world media, and to her own self, as she had become adept at prevaricating about her minimal charitable work. In 1994 he collaborated with Tariq Ali on the film Hell's Angel, which was shown on Channel 4 and was a sensation. The film was his brainchild though has become known as Hitchens's film as Christopher Hitchens was asked to present it.

He has been working to challenge and rectify the mega-myth of Mother Teresa since then, and his book Mother Teresa The Untold Story is the fruit of his labours (the first edition was called The Final Verdict).

He works as a physician and lives in London, and has 3 children.

He is a life-long atheist and was brought up one - no, that is not that unusual in middle-class Calcutta. But his atheism is not the reason why he is a Teresa-basher. He does it for the sake of historical veracity.

He is pleased and proud to announce that he is regularly abused by the 'convent-educated' English speaking Indian upper classes."