Head of Hindu Group Criticizes Mother Teresa

Missionary work is controversial in India, where Christians are a religious minority and face persecution.

By Published on February 24, 2015

The head of a prominent Hindu organization came under criticism Tuesday for remarks he made about Mother Teresa, in which he said that the Nobel Peace laureate’s service to the poor in India had been motivated by a desire to convert them to Christianity.

Mohan Bhagwat, head of the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, made the televised remarks Monday at an inaugural ceremony for an orphanage and a home for impoverished women in the state of Rajasthan. “There are no services like Mother Teresa’s here,” Mr. Bhagwat said, adding of the nun’s work that “there was a motive behind it — that those who are rendered the service should become Christian.”

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