Is a Mission of Charity also a Mission of Freedom?

Emma Graham


India is one of the densest countries in the world, with over one billion people, and is projected to be the world’s largest nation by 2030.1 This growing state has faced issues of colonialism and poverty that have been extreme barriers to national development. As it is now, the annual GDP per capita in India is $ PPP 2,7532 which is staggering when compared to the Canadian annual GDP per capita of $ PPP 35,812.3 While GDP may not be the best tool of measurement for determining the success of development, it is a useful tool when discussing the disparity of income between those in the Global South and those in the Global North. Along with this low GDP, over 1/3 of the population lives below the poverty line and 40% of the population is illiterate.4 Many attempts have been made by political, social and economic theorists to alter the reality of the poverty in India, with varying amounts of success. One of these theorists is Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, a woman more popularly known by the name she took after entering the Loreto sisterhood of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother Teresa. 

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