“Why should I change my religion?

Some Times By ; Santosh Bhatt

I wonder why some people are upset with Mohan Bhagwat’s statement about Mother Teresa.

 He said the main objective behind her service was conversions. 

 That’s indeed true.

 In 1978, when anti-conversion bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha, she had tried to use all her might & influence into opposing the bill. 

 In 1995, she was on a dharna demanding reservations for converted Christians (which is against the constitution).

 That was the extent to which she could hijack politics to safeguard her missionary interests of conversions.

 True service is unconditional. 

You serve the society/people without expecting anything in return.

 But when you exploit people’s poverty and helplessness and expect them to convert, then you are not a social worker anymore.


ou are a missionary. 

Being a missionary is not a crime anyway. 

 So what’s wrong in accepting it? Let’s accept that she was one of the greatest, persistent, hard working, caring missionary, but at the end of the day, she was a missionary and the main objective was conversions.


I do not want to compare but there are several organizations and philanthropists who are doing great service without expecting anything in return. 

 There are organizations which are providing free mid-day meals to poor kids, but they are not asked anything in return.

 There are philanthropists who provide service to the needy (including complex surgeries) and do not expect even a single rupee, nor do they expect them to get converted. 

 Forget conversion, they do not expect them to even write a testimonial or admiration for them. 

100% service, 0% expectation.

That is true service. 

In this context, I would like to share a quote by Mahatma Gandhi:

“because the doctor who professes Christianity as his religion has cured me of some disease, or why should the doctor expect me to change whilst I am under his influence?”
– Mahatma Gandhi (Young India: April 23, 1931)


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