Bhagwat’s comment on Mother Teresa draws flak

HYDERABAD: The BJP found itself at the receiving end of flak from Congress in Parliament over the controversial remark of Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that converting people to Christianity was Mother Teresa ’s motive for helping the poor.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia said amid cries of “shame, shame” that no amount of condemnation cannot be enough made against a person who was not just India’s but the world’s legacy. The Congress wanted the BJP to tender an apology on behalf of the RSS, its ideological mentor.

Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu rejected the demand outright. He said the Government had nothing to do with such statements. “I can give explanation on what the Government says, not on what some party chief or general secretary says”, he maintained.

As Mr. Bhagwat’s comments touched off a furore, the RSS issued a clarification stating that “one has to go by what Dr. Bhagwat has said in its totality. He was dwelling on the concept of service in the Bharatiya context”, it said.

A Nobel Peace prize laureate, Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, which runs hospitals, shelters and orphanages in several countries. In 2003, she was beatified by the Pope.

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