After Meenakshi Lekhi defended the RSS chief for his remarks, a war of words erupted on Twitter between actress Dia Mirza and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. Mohan Bhagwat had said that conversion to Christianity was the main objective behind Mother Teresa's service to the poor.
"Shame on you MeenakshiLekhi you contort personal faith/work to validate a statement that should be condemned. #MotherTeresa," the 33-year-old actress tweeted.
Her comment led to a war of words between the two on Twitter with Lekhi replying, "@deespeak Shame on you for not having the robustness to face the facts or accept the truth!"
The actress retorted by tweeting, "I hang my head in shame."
Mirza's stand against Lekhi earned her praise from some and criticism from others. One user posted "@deespeak nothing else expected from sickulars like u. What character do u have?" to which the actress replied, "I am characterless because I am secular."
Mirza's last tweet on the issue was "My father was Catholic, my mother is a Bengali, I was raised by my Muslim step father and I'm married to a Hindu. I am Indian."
Conversion to Christianity was the main objective behind Mother Teresa's service to the poor, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said today.
"Mother Teresa's service would have been good. But it used to have one objective, to convert the person, who was being served, into a Christian," he said .
"The question is not about conversion but if this (conversion) is done in the name of service, then that service gets devalued," he said.
"But here (at the NGO), the objective is purely service of poor and helpless people," added Bhagwat.
(With inputs from agencies)