Congress slams Shiv Sena for supporting Mohan Bhagwat's remark on Mother Teresa
New Delhi: The Congress party on Wednesday lashed out at the Shiv Sena for supporting Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's unwarranted remarks on Mother Teresa.
Congress leader Sanjay Jha said the Shiv Sena, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and RSS are all wedded to the Hindutva agenda.
"Hindutva is embedded in their entire political ideology. So even if somebody like Mother Teresa, who is renowned worldwide as a Nobel laureate for doing outstanding social work, if they see a communal colour in it, talking about religious conversion and giving it a 'ghar wapsi' culture, it is not just part of their ideologies, part of their political strategy. So, it's unfortunate," he added.
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Anjan said the RSS is demeaning Mother Teresa by making such comments.
"If the RSS people knew all these things then they should have told her (Mother Teresa) when she was alive. She's a renowned figure, an Indian citizen, Noble Prize winner. A person who is dead cannot answer these accusations against her. I urge Mohan Bhagwat not to play with Indian traditions and morality," said Anjan.
The Shiv Sena, through their editorial mouthpiece 'Saamana' supported Bhagwat's comments saying he spoke the 'bitter truth' and 'objective of missionaries who came to India has been to convert people here to Christianity'.
Speaking at a rally in Rajasthan earlier on Monday, Bhagwat had said that Mother Teresa served the society with an objective to convert the people into Christianity.
Bhagwat's comments came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to protect all religious groups, an apparent response to a series of attacks on Christian institutions in the national capital.