A day after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat triggered controversy with his remarks against Mother Teresa, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Tuesday alleged that Christian missionaries were “indulging in false claims of attacks on churches to fulfill their narrow selfish motives” including “humiliating Indian government” on international forums.
The VHP also backed Bhagwat’s remarks against Mother Teresa that conversion to Christianity was the main objective behind her service to the poor. VHP joint general secretary Surendrakumar Jain alleged that Mother Teresa had herself said there was nothing objective in the world. Jain alleged she had said this when she was asked if her service to the poor was intended at religious conversions. “It means everything was subjective and the subject (for her) was nothing but conversion,” he said.
Pointing out that Delhi Police’s report has stated there were around 206 incidents of burglary in temples in the capital, VHP leaders who met chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, said: “While the Hindus took these incidents as normal attempts of burglary, the Christian missionaries tried to gain undue mileage out of the incidents at churches by highlighting these as attacks on a religious place of worship, which they definitely were not.”
Jain alleged missionaries tried to “blackmail” the government by “closing the school and bringing out children” after a “so-called attack” on a Delhi school recently. He was referring to the incident of vandalism on Holy Child Auxilium School in Vasant Vihar recently.
A copy of the memorandum submitted to the NCM has also been sent to PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. It demanded a free and fair enquiry into the attacks. “Whenever the religious conversion programme of the missionaries faces a threat of getting exposed, they get into the act of playing victim and try to draw sympathy,” Jain said.
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