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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat addresses during a programme organised on Sangh's foundation day and Vijaya Dashmi at Sangh's headquarters in Nagpur (File)

 

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat addresses during a programme organised on Sangh's foundation day and Vijaya Dashmi at Sangh's headquarters in Nagpur
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat addresses during a programme organised on Sangh’s foundation day and Vijaya Dashmi at Sangh’s headquarters in Nagpur

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comments on Mother Teresa ¬†evoked controversy but the organisation denied he had criticised the Nobel laureate who spent her life in the service of the destitute.

Bhagwat, while addressing a function of a local NGO near Bharatpur, said Mother Teresa’s service to the poor was aimed at converting them to Christianity.

“People like Mother Teresa did good work and service. But the aim was to convert the poor to Christianity. This kind of service is devalued if conversions are done in the name of service or work,” he said.

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot termed the statement “unfortunate”.

“She left her country and spent her life to provide service to the poor. It is really a very unfortunate statement,” he said.

State Congress president Sachin Pilot, while criticising the statement by Bhagwat, said: “By giving these kind of statements, they (the RSS) are trying to create a religious divide. Mother Teresa comes from which religion does not matter, what matters most is the service she provided to the poor.”

Some Christian community leaders and NGOs in the state also flayed the statement.

However, the RSS said the statement was mis-attributed.

“Media reporting wrongly. At Bharatpur Ex DG BSF said that Mother Teresa did Seva with motive of conversion,” said a tweet on RSS’ official Twitter handle.

“In reply Bhagavatji said, ‘let Mother Teresa know her motive for Seva, we do Seva without expecting any returns’ Dr M Vaidya,” said another tweet.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday criticised RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for his comments on Mother Teresa, saying she was a “noble soul” and should be spared.

“I worked wid Mother Teresa for a few months at Nirmal Hriday ashram in Kolkata. She was a noble soul. Pl spare her,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Addressing a function in Bharatpur in Rajasthan Monday, Bhagwat said Mother Teresa’s service to the poor was aimed at converting them to Christianity.

“People like Mother Teresa did good work and service. But the aim was to convert the poor to Christianity. This kind of service is devalued if conversions are done in the name of service or work,” he said.

His comments triggered a controversy. However, the RSS chief said the statement was misattributed.

 

 

 

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