Reacting on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s controversial remarks about Mother Teresa, Sunita Kumar, a spokesperson for the Missionaries of Charity and a close confidant of Mother for many years, rubbished Bhagwat’s claims and said the RSS leader was “misinformed”.
“There were 745 Mother Teresa homes across the world and about 19 in Kolkata. Over 90 per cent of all those who are treated at these homes are non-Christians… Bhagwat is definitely misinformed,” she said. Sunita added, “I don’t know what made him say this. When children are abandoned at hospitals and are taken by these homes, they (the homes) are informed about the faith of the children. Only if abandoned kids are found on the street and their religion cannot be determined, they are raised as Christians,” Kumar said.
Meanwhile, Archbishop of Kolkata, Thomas D’ Souza on Tuesday said that he was in talks with several organisations to respond it with a protest rally soon.
“We cannot let anyone try to malign the image of Mother Teresa and get away with it. We will come up with a programme in a day or two,” he said. On Bhagwat’s comment, he said, “A jaundiced eye sees a yellow world. I am not surprised because it is the agenda of people like Bhagwat to spread hatred. I am sad as a person who has worked with Mother Teresa. The allegation that he makes is totally baseless. Had it been the case, all the children, aged, ailing and physically as well as mentally challenged persons who Mother served would have become Christians.”
He said, “After they targeted churches in Delhi they have targeted Mother Teresa with a definite motive. He has the audacity to say this about the person who is revered across the world. We strongly condemn it. It is not only an insult to Mother Teresa but to all who looked up to her.”