Stating that accepting diversity has been a unique quality of Indians, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said, "We came to know that 'puja' (worship) is so important during the Islamic invasion of India."
Rajya Sabha Thursday witnessed uproarious scenes over the controversial remarks of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat against Mother Teresa with Opposition parties pressing for a condemnation resolution if Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not clarify.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's comments on Mother Teresa kicked up a furore as political parties and Christian groups on Tuesday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi show that he meant every word of his assurance last week that he would not tolerate inciting of religious hatred.
Close on the heels of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remarks against Mother Teresa, another right-wing organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Christian missionaries accusing them of indulging in false claims of attacks on churches.
Former Union Minister and Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Tuesday condemned RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for his remarks on Mother Teresa, saying it "reflected narrow- mindedness and fanaticism" and was "insult to all those who have faith in humanity and human service".
Statements such as those made by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat questioning the intent behind Mother Teresa's service are politically motivated, according to Father Alexis Prem Kumar, who was just released after eight months of Taliban captivity in Afghanistan.
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday came under fierce attack from Christian institutions and non-BJP parties for his controversial remarks on Mother Teresa that also echoed in Parliament where the Opposition sought to target the Government.
The Missionaries of Charity on Tuesday rubbished RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's claim that religious conversions had taken place under Mother Teresa's leadership of the organisation, saying he was 'misinformed'.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's comment on Mother Teresa reflects the perverted mind of someone having "prejudiced mindset" and sought action on people making such assertions.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said there was a need to revive in every heart Hindu culture and values, claiming that because of the "weakness" of Hindu Samaj some people who have no understanding of "our society and culture" are moving forward in the country.
The Catholic Church on Tuesday expressed strong resentment at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's comment that conversion to Christianity was the main objective behind Mother Teresa's service to the poor, describing as 'inhuman' any attempt to malign her.
Accusing Congress of trying to make "political capital" out of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remarks, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi on Tuesday claimed that Mother Teresa had herself in an interview said that her job was to bring people to the fold of Christianity.
The Congress in the Lok Sabha Tuesday raised the issue of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's comments on Mother Teresa wherein he had said the Nobel laureate's service to the poor was aimed at converting them to Christianity. The government, however, refused to respond on the issue.