She will have forgiven Mohan Bhagwat and his supporters in the BJP like Meenakshi Lekhi!
Mother Teresa dedicated all her life serving the poorest of the poor largely in India, caring for the sick, the dying and the abandoned. She had nothing but love for all those in need – whether they were afflicted by leprosy, tuberculosis or AIDS, she was there for them.
But that did not stop RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat from alleging that whatever Mother Teresa did had motives – that of conversion. This is a total distortion of truth.
Even fanatical BJP leaders such as Meenakshi Lekhi have rushed to Bhagwat’s defence, so it will be foolhardy to assume that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s team is secular.
If Mother Teresa was alive today, she will have forgiven the RSS Chief for all the nasty comments made against her. She had been controversial even during her lifetime and she only showed love to her detractors.
PM Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat
She had faced the same type of criticism even then as she had made no effort to hide her faith, always opposing abortion and contraception as it was against the Catholic tradition.
An Albanian, she moved to India in 1928 when she was just 18. She lived in Kolkatta thereafter until her death in 1997, even taking up Indian citizenship.
Murder of Graham Staines: Christians in India have tried to forget what happened to Australian missionary Dr Graham Staines in 1999, but people like Bhagwat periodically keep reminding them of that tragedy.
Dr Staines and his two kids aged 10 years and six years respectively were burnt alive where they were sleeping in a van. A Hindu gang in Odisha set the van ablaze and prevented them from getting out of the vehicle.
An Australian, Dr Staines had been working and living in Odisha since 1965 among the tribal poor with his family, serving people affected by leprosy.
The Graham Staines Family
The BJP was in power at the Centre with Mr AB Vajpayee as Prime Minister. He was a moderate leader compared to current Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But a Hindu party in power emboldens militant elements to unleash violence against minorities.
I am opposed to conversions but attributing it to those who did not have it as their mission only betrays a motive – that of discrediting minorities.
G Joslin Vethakumar