Papa Doc’s Baby Doc is no more. There are many stories and conspiracy theories about one of the most notorious dictators (all of them are), Jean-Claude Duvalier, who became President of Haiti in the age of 19 in 1971 after death of his Papa, the senior Duvalier.
He had to flee the country with his family and wife Michelle Bennett after mass uprising in 1986. It is said his family used to sell cadavers and body parts of his dead countrymen and Duvalier earned a great fortune by trade in narcotics.
Anyway, figures like Duvaliers are not to be remembered on their anniversaries. The reason he echoed in my thoughts was about a controversy related to Mother Teresa because of him.
last year, some folks (may say researchers), came out with outcome of their ‘meticulously’ done study where they ‘studied’ through the documents, sitting in a far away land, employing their skills on their secondary source of information, when they happened to stumble upon some pieces of information including the one in context here and in their ‘enlightened zest, their infinite wisdom gave us their ‘eureka sort’ of theory which they went on to declare proven immediately with the same source of information, that sought to dim the halo of Mother Teresa, that started speaking aggressively to question the ‘hallowed’ life of the Mother.
Such research studies are interesting stuff the way they are carried out, compromising on the very ethics of a research work that makes it an enduring legacy of an academic work to be used for a generalized purpose. And such research studies are carried out in every stream, on every possible subject, in the manner of roundtable negotiations, with no concern for rechecking and reconfirming the facts and going out in the field to cross-verify the information contained in the secondary sources. Most of such studies are done in cultural isolation and the researchers never bother to know and understand the context of the subject matter at hand. They flimsily analyse and process the information based on their own cultural contexts and ethos looking at the facts from the spectacle of their own societies.
And for the media carriers, most of them do not care before printing such stuff, such observations which are contextually misplaced, as I have seen in many such studies of the Western folks on Varanasi, on Ganga, on religious and spiritual aspects of Hinduism and on many more.
These works are mostly products of half-baked intellects where the creators are not aware of the context or they don’t do the proper pre-research study work, the contextual interpretation of ‘how, what and why’ of the subject under study or the work under development.