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Time PM walked the talk on religious freedom: Christian leaders

The Delhi Catholic Archdiocese Tuesday said the Christian community was in a state of shock over RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comment on Mother Teresa and that it was time Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked the talk on his assurance on not tolerating inciting of religious hatred.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra, however, declined to comment on Bhagwat’s statement. “I would not be commenting on this,” Patra said. Bhagwat said in Rajasthan Monday that Mother Teresa’s service to the poor was aimed at converting them to Christianity.

Delhi Catholic Archdiocese spokesperson Father Savarimuthu Sankar criticised Bhagwat for being “ill-informed” and “narrow-minded”.

“Such allegations against Mother Teresa were made even when she was alive. She is an epitome of motherhood. And somebody of her stature is on Tuesday being accused of some ulterior motive.

“You are degrading her status. On one hand, you recognise her work and uphold her as a Nobel laureate, and on the other hand, you accuse her of motive of conversions. This reflects Bhagwat’s narrow-mindedness. He is not able to look beyond the narrow view of religious conversions. He is so much into that mindset,” Sankar said.
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