Goddess Kali’s boundless blessings are always with India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday while praising the country’s saints for always upholding “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat” (One India, Great India). The establishment of Ramakrishna Mission is also associated with this idea, he said in a video message on the centenary celebrations of the birth of Swami Atmasthananda, a former leader of the organization. Invoking Goddess Kali, Modi said that Ramakrishna Paramhansa was a saint who had a clear vision of her and her disciple Swami Vivekananda also felt the spiritual vision of the Goddess. “Maa Kali’s boundless blessings are always with India,” he said. His comments came amid a row over the depiction of the goddess in a poster by an Indian-Canadian filmmaker, which has drawn ire from BJP leaders and Hindu groups. Remarks by Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra that she had every right to imagine the goddess Kali as a “meat-eating, alcohol-accepting” deity added to the row.