RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat targets Mother Teresa, says conversion was main objective behind her service

Mother Teresa's service would have been good, but it used to have one objective, to convert the people to christianity.

By: Express News Service | Jaipur/ Kolkata/ New Delhi | Updated: February 24, 2015 10:19 am
Mother Teresa, mohan bhagwat, RSS,  Ghar Wapsi, conversions, Christianity The RSS Chief was addressing a function in village Bajhera, near 8 kms from Bharatpur, where he inaugurated ‘Mahila Sadan’ and ‘Sishu Bal Grah’ in the NGO for helpless women and children.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday said there was a motive behind the service Mother Teresa provided to the poor — to convert them to Christianity.

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Inaugurating an orphanage and a women’s home in Bharatpur, Bhagwat said, “Here we will not provide service like that rendered by Mother Teresa. It is possible that her kind of work was good but there was a motive behind that service.

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It was to convert those she served to Christianity. Someone wants to convert others to Christianity, that is another thing, but to do it under the garb of social service is to devalue that service.

Here, nothing like that will happen. In our country, social service is done like this, selflessly, completely selflessly.”

His comments come less than a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government “will ensure that there is complete freedom of faith and that everyone has the undeniable right to retain or adopt the religion of his or her choice without coercion or undue influence”.

Bhagwat, who is on a tour of Rajasthan, was addressing locals, Sangh workers and elected representatives. On Monday, he was invited to inaugurate a Mahila Sadan and a Bal Shishu Gopal Griha by Apna Ghar Seva Samiti, a local NGO. The event was attended by Tourism Minister Krishnendra Kaur Deepa, BJP state vice-president Bhajanlal Sharma, MP Bahadur Koli and other sitting and former legislators.

Bhagwat’s comments evoked sharp reactions. Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot said, “This sort of talk by hardline right-wing forces casting aspersions on eminent people like Mother Teresa is a deliberate attempt to whip up negative emotions and distort history. If these people call themselves nationalists, they should engage in nation building.”

Sunita Kumar, spokesperson of Missionaries of Charity (MOC), said ‘Mother shelters’ set up by Mother Teresa for the destitute accommodated everyone, irrespective of their religion. “The physically and mentally challenged at these homes, when they passed away, were cremated or buried according to their faith. In the past 50 years that I have been associated with MOC and during the time I worked with Mother Teresa, I have not seen a single case wherein people were asked to convert to Christianity or there was any complaint of biased treatment owing to a person’s faith,” Kumar said.

I wish people knew more about Mother before making such comments. Even now, at Mother House on special occasions, mass prayers are organised and people of all religions participate and offer prayers according to their religion,” she added.

Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto said, “The RSS has made such statements earlier as well, even when Mother Teresa was living. It is nothing new. It is because of their hatred of other religions that they are making such statements. It is preposterous of them to allege something as false as the fact that the Sisters of Missionaries convert the poor and the destitute when they give the poor shelter and dignified lives. Persons of any religion come and live in the shelter homes run by the Missionaries and they live by their individual and original faiths.”

He added, “It looks like the Sangh Parivar is trying to assert itself by refuting the PM’s recent call for religious harmony.”

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    rincy baptish
    Jun 24, 2016 at 4:47 pm
    silence speaks more than words ...let these RSS community people say whatever they what but our god knows who's right and who's wrong ..may god forgive him and show mercy
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      Vaibhav Borse
      Feb 24, 2015 at 1:19 am
      i am a hindu but if i have to covert to christianity to help the poor, i will. tell me what this lunatic did to help the poor of india and make india a better place?
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        Sanjay
        Feb 26, 2015 at 4:28 am
        Dumb ..
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          JJ
          Feb 24, 2015 at 9:56 am
          he is such an *** ****
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            Jai Bharat
            Feb 24, 2015 at 6:27 am
            If the topic was discussed by a Christian Missionary or a Muslim Imam, our English media News Papers would have put the headline as "Minorities are not safe in India". Now,a Hindu leader speaks the truth--all is lose. The Hindu saints and social workers do more work but there is no publicity by foreign owned news papers in India. All Hindus should arise and awake from the fake work of those evangelists and try to figure out their ulterior motive of destabilizing India by conversion off Hindu
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              Jai Bharat
              Feb 24, 2015 at 8:37 am
              Only because of tolerant Hindus,this is possible in Hindusthan. During last 15 or so years the country was ruled by Christian-Muslims at the core of Congress party. Their w intention was to per the wealth of the country and use foreign money and Christian missionaries to reduce the Hindu potion. Now,thanks to great leaders like Mr.Bhagwat trying to stop those evil intentions of missionaries,many truth is unraveling about so called Teresa and her cohorts. If service to poor was their desire why do you have to convert? Also.contrary to lies spread by those missionaries--no one was helped unless they converted to Christanity.
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                Jai Bharat
                Feb 23, 2015 at 11:36 pm
                Chritians have only one goal in mind, to increase the Christian potion by luring people to convert. Muslims do the same by force and torture. If Teresa and her band of Christian evangelists were so concerned about welfare of poor people, poor Christians in Philippines or Africa or Central and South america will not be dying of hunger and disease.Now that they are all Christians---where are those Teresas and her fellow Chritian helpers?
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                  Jai Bharat
                  Feb 23, 2015 at 11:25 pm
                  Mr.Bhagwat is telling the truth---the pseudo secularists can not tolerate truth. also,it does not help their vote bank. Secular Hindustan exists because of tolerant Hindus. Look at Kashmir or Eastern four states where Hindus are minority---Hindus are not allowed to practice their festivals. Teresa and other Christain Evangelists have only objective in mind---convert the HIndus and make Hindustan a Christan country.
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                    Sunil Gaikwad
                    Feb 24, 2015 at 2:22 am
                    Google search ( mother Teresa, ajit vadakayil).... To know who mother Teresa... How she exploited the poor
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                      Sunil Gaikwad
                      Feb 24, 2015 at 2:18 am
                      Stop bashing each other. Just go through the given link to know the actual truth of mother Teresa. Link:
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                        Sunil Gaikwad
                        Feb 24, 2015 at 2:20 am
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                          K S
                          Feb 24, 2015 at 1:58 am
                          Just emitting venom for the sake of garnering Hindu votes, remarks reflects, biased, sectarian outlook and low mentality of any man insulting this social servant Mother Teresa. Stop biting and chewing communalism if you want to espouse the cause of Hinduism, Please do not insult the most tolerant ancient Hindu Religion of this World just for the sake nasty politics.
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                            Vijay, Florida
                            Feb 24, 2015 at 9:40 am
                            Lets get it straight. There is truth on ALL sides. it is true that Mother Teresa's charity did a lot of good for orphans as well as old people in India. It is also true that Christian churches have ALWAYS used help with money. to convert the poor who needed help, all over the world. I have PERSONAL experience with Mother Teresa's organization. Since 1971 every time I visited India, I used to spend at least 1 week at one of their organizations, OR - at other orphanages run by Hindu charities, in Hyderabad, coastal Andhra, Poona and Calcutta. I PERSONALLY worked with Sister Nirmala many years before she became the Head. At Mother Teresa's, it was common practice for all children (and older people in old age homes), to start the day with Christian prayers, then at lunch & dinner and finally at night. EVERYONE was given Christian names and everyone was expected to pray. But NOBODY was FORCED TO, though. However, if you are a 4 year old hungry child with no home, or, a sick old man with no one taking care of you, WILL YOU OBJECT to prayer ? IS FORCE REQUIRED FOR YOU ? NO !!!. If anything, WE should feel ashamed that we allowed our little children and our elders to be forced into a situation like that. India in general is in much better financial condition now, and WE SHOULD ALL RESOLVE NEVER TO BETRAY OUR OWN POORER BROTHERS & SISTERS, and PREVENT such conditions from occurring again.
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                              Manya
                              Feb 24, 2015 at 9:49 am
                              Teresa is currently the subject of scrutiny by Canadian researchers Serge Larivee and Genevieve Chenard of the University of Montreal’s department of psychoeducation and Carole Senechal of the University of Ottawa’s faculty of education. The trio debunks her sainthood as the creation of an orchestrated media campaign, a fact that Der Spiegel and author Aroup Chatterjee have long exposed as the brainchild of BBC doentary filmmaker Malcolm Muggeridge. Many have since attributed Teresa’s sustained glorification as part of Cold War propaa regarding the ‘humanitarian face’ of the West as opposed to the stodgy harshness of the Soviet bloc. One of Christopher Hitchens’ most startling exposes of Teresa pertains to her ociation with Robert Maxwell and Charles Keating, Jr. The flamboyant Maxwell somehow involved her in a fund-raising scheme run by his newspaper group, the Mirror Group. He then made off with the money; in fact, after his death it was revealed that he had even misappropriated the group’s pension fund. Many wondered how Mother Teresa had time to spare for such a wicked man. Actually, she was exceedingly generous with her time when it came to rich (and dubious) persons. In the 1980s, Charles Keating (sentenced to ten years in jail for his role in the Savings and Loan scandal, then among the greatest frauds in American history) set his eyes on the savings of small investors. Five US Senators doled favours to him in return for huge campaign donations disguised as other people’s money. Keating donated US$ 1.25 million to Teresa at the height of his success, though not out of his own pocket. He gave her the use of his private jet. Teresa on her part permitted Keating to exploit her prestige and gave him a personalized crucifix which he carried everywhere. But in 1992, after several political and financial crises, Keating was finally brought to trial. It was certain he would receive the maximum sentence permissible under California law. Teresa made a dramatic intervention in the trial, writing to Judge Lance Ito for clemency for Keating, but omitted to mention her original involvement with him. Clearly expecting her retion to do the trick, she said, “We do not mix up in Business or Politics or courts. Our work, as Missionaries of Charity is to give whearted and free service to the poorest of the poor. I do not know anything about Mr. Charles Keating’s work or his business or the matters you are dealing with. I only know that he has always been kind and generous to God’s poor, and always ready to help whenever there was a need. It is for this reason that I do not want to forget him now while he and his family are suffering. Jesus has told us “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren … YOU DID IT TO ME”. Mr. Keating has done much to help the poor, which is why I am writing to you on his behalf. Whenever someone asks me to speak to a judge, I always … ask them to pray, to look into their heart, and to do what Jesus would do in that cirstance. And this is what I am asking of you, your Honor”. The false innocence of this appealed riled Paul Turley, Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles, who was one of the prosecutor’s in the case. He crafted a response on his own initiative and as a private citizen, which he sent to Teresa. This letter, which was made available to Christopher Hitchens exclusively, states, inter alia, “I read your letter to Judge Ito, written on behalf of Mr. Keating, which includes your admission that you know nothing about Mr. Keating’s business or the criminal charges presented to Judge Ito. I am writing to you to provide a brief explanation of the crimes of which Mr. Keating has been convicted, to give you an understanding of the source of the money that Mr. Keating gave to you, and to suggest that you perform the moral and ethical act of returning the money to its rightful owners. “Mr. Keating was convicted of defrauding 17 individuals of more than $900,000. These 17 persons were representative of 17,000 individuals from whom Mr. Keating stole $252,000,000. Mr. Keating’s specific acts of fraud were that he was the source of a series of fraudulent representations made to persons who bought bonds from his company and he also was the repository of crucial information which he chose to withhold from bond purchasers, thereby luring his victims into believing they were making a safe, low-risk investment. In truth and in fact, their money was being used to fund Mr. Keating’s exorbitant and extravagant lifestyle. … “It is not uncommon for ‘con’ men to be generous with family, friends and charities. Perhaps they believe that their generosity will purchase love, respect or forgiveness. However, the time when the purchase of ‘indulgences’ was an acceptable method of seeking forgiveness died with the Reformation. … “You urge Judge Ito to look into his heart – as he sentences Charles Keating – and do what Jesus would do. I submit the same challenge to you. Ask yourself what Jesus would do if he were given the fruits of a crime; what Jesus would do if he were in possession of money that had been stolen; what Jesus would do if he were being exploited by a thief to ease his conscience. “I submit that Jesus would promptly and unhesitatingly return the stolen property to its rightful owners. You should do the same. You have been given money by Mr. Keating that he has been convicted of stealing by fraud. Do not permit him the ‘indulgence’ he desires Do not keep the money. Return it to those who worked for it and earned it! If you contact me I will put you in direct contact with the rightful owners of the property now in your possession.” Needless to add, Turley received no reply from Teresa. This episode bears repeion as it is the best doented evidence of the hypocrisy and priorities of the person being fast-tracked to sainthood by a church challenged by ual and financial scandals. (Courtesy: Niti Central). With all these frauds and exploiting the poverty and plights of the third world and especially in India, the fake saint named Mother Teressa spearheaded the cunning Evangelization programmes in India and other places only to destroy the original faith of the poor compelled to take help from that disputed Saint. She is a purported saint without spirituality and the sacred switch of the catholic machinery to make more and more money for the conversion of India to a pure christian hood, the only vision and mission of that ‘Saint of the Gutters’. The Noble Peace Committee and Government of India must contemplate to revoke the honor of Noble and Bharat Ratna Awards after these shameful exposers about the so called saviour of Mankind. Devout Hindus and Hindu Organisations must print leaflets exposing Teresa and distribute all these in every Church gates and in all the public places. (Editor-Hindu Existence).
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                                RAVI
                                Feb 24, 2015 at 12:57 am
                                Why you do service to poor and so caled by you untuchable. Shame on you . I was waiting some kind of comment from RSS or any BJP fake sadhu/Sadhavi Before parliament start. Now on this issue. Praliament will disturb . BJP will blame to Congress and other .
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                                  Rahul Maheshwari
                                  Feb 24, 2015 at 1:20 am
                                  Bhagwat ji is right People's criticized him Does not evaluate his words properly He him self told help done to poor is fine But help is done on the cost of conversation
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                                    Sachin Khandelwal
                                    Feb 23, 2015 at 11:05 pm
                                    Bharat is a Hindu Land. Hindus own EVERYTHING on this land. Dont like it then migrate to the Christian west. Bharat is a Hindu land. Majority of Christians and Muslims in India (name coined by British colonialists) are converts of Hinduism using their imperial power during British and Moghul regimes. Today the wealthy western nations (witness Obama's hyprocricy of lecturing tolerant Hindus while his coreligionists bomb bomb muslims) openly have set target of annual conversion in so called poor populous countries like India which according to them is highly fertile. Red Cross, Amnesty International, Mother Teressa's insutions et al are just fronts of this proleysitation.
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                                      Sachin Khandelwal
                                      Feb 23, 2015 at 11:13 pm
                                      Majority of Christians and Muslims in India (name coined by British colonialists) are converts of Hinduism using their imperial power during British and Moghul regimes. Today the wealthy western nations openly have set target of annual conversion in so called poor populous countries like India which according to them is highly fertile. Red Cross, Amnesty International, Mother Teressa's insutions et al are just fronts of this proleysitation. Witness Obama's hyprocricy of lecturing tolerant Hindus while his coreligionists bomb bomb muslims.
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                                        confusedAAPian
                                        Feb 23, 2015 at 11:40 pm
                                        Mother Teresa was against contraceptives.......and India needs birth control .... What if Hindu gurus also start copying her and say contraceptives are anti-god
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                                          Wiseman
                                          Feb 24, 2015 at 2:07 am
                                          This jack is a stupid brain-dead creature. Tell us how many people she converted. A typical political a!
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                                            Sanjay
                                            Feb 23, 2015 at 10:26 pm
                                            Some truths are bitter than Rahul hi.
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