Conversion To Christianity Was The Main Reason Behind Mother Teresa's service: Bhagwat

24/02/2015 7:51 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Kosovo Albanian Catholics attend a religious service at the Mother Teresa Cathedral in Pristina on September 5, 2012, to mark the 15th anniversary of Mother Teresa's death. Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun and Nobel Peace Prize winner who devoted her life to help the sick and the poor, died on September 5, 1997 at the age of 87. AFP PHOTO/ARMEND NIMANI (Photo credit should read ARMEND NIMANI/AFP/GettyImages)

Conversion to Christianity was the main objective behind Mother Teresa's service to the poor, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said today.

"Mother Teresa's service would have been good. But it used to have one objective, to convert the person, who was being served, into a Christian," he said while speaking at a function organised by NGO Apna Ghar near here.

"The question is not about conversion but if this (conversion) is done in the name of service, then that service gets devalued," he said.

"But here (at the NGO), the objective is purely service of poor and helpless people," added Bhagwat.

The RSS Chief was addressing a function in village Bajhera, near 8 kms from here, where he inaugurated 'Mahila Sadan' and 'Sishu Bal Grah' in the NGO for helpless women and children.

Later, RSS said on its twitter handle that the media reported "wrongly" and Bhagwat had only replied to former BSF DG's comments.

"Media reporting wrongly. At Bharatpur, ex DG BSF said that Mother Teresa did Seva with motive of conversion," the RSS twitter account said.

In another tweet M Vaidya, the RSS communication department head, said "In reply Bhagavatji said, 'let Mother Teresa know her motive for Seva, we do Seva without expecting any returns'." PTI SKC

Trinamool Congress spokesman Derek O'Brien condemned Bhagwat's reported remarks and said Mother Teresa is not about Christianity only but is a world figure loved by everyone.

"Since I am from Kolkata, so it makes it even more worse to hear what he said", he said.

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