When I asked for her blessings in one of our meetings in 1994, Mother Teresa gave me a compassionate look and thrust a Rosary (a string of prayer beads) into my palms and said, “Pray for me and my work for the destitute and dying.” I discovered in this great lady the divine dispensation that reached the core of my heart. Every word she spoke, every touch and every look exuded a transformative tint.
Mother Teresa was misunderstood, for no proven reason — critics ignorantly blamed her as if she was working for conversion. The RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had said in February 2015 that the prime motive behind Mother Teresa’s service to the destitute was converting them to Christianity, adding that her selfish aim devalued the virtues of a noble cause. “In the name of service, religious conversions were made.”
Subramanian Swamy, a senior BJP MP, had called for Mother Teresa’s Bharat Ratna award to be rescinded in July 2018 if the Missionaries of Charity group was found guilty… “I 100 per cent support it… We are not rubbishing the entire [Mission]. We are rubbishing the so-called ‘saint’ status of Mother Teresa,” Swamy had told the press.