‘No apology for Church attacks, but I love Jesus’ - Mahendra Kumar

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Feb 20: Mahendra Kumar is the former convener of Bajrang Dal, Karnataka. He was reportedly involved in the 2008 church attacks that happened in Coastal Karnataka.

Later, he quit Bajrang Dal and adopted left ideology. He also openly attacks the ideology of right-wing outfits.

He is the founder of Jana Dhwani movement.

Mahendra Kumar shares his insights on religious conversions, church attacks of 2008 and his stand on CAA and NRC in an exclusive interview with Daijiworld editor-in- chief Walter Nandalike in Public Challenge on Daijiworld TV’s 24X7.

Excerpts of the interview:

Q: You served as state president of Bajrang Dal and worked with several right-wing outfits for many years. People identify you as a key person behind church attacks that happened in 2008. What was the reason you went from being extreme right to extreme left to middle left?

A: I have repeated several times to the world that I am not right or left. I am always in the centre. In my days with Sangh Pariwar, due to my opinions and the stand I took, I was called a leftist in Hindu outfits. This is because, I used to raise my voice in favour of exploited and suppressed. For same reason, I also had clashes with RSS. I am the person who constructed Bajrang Dal from base level, all over Karnataka. So RSS and their leaders are compelled to consider me for major posts of Bajrang Dal.

In the case of church attacks of 2008, I have to reveal many things. Regarding church attacks, I have never opened myself in front of channels. I want to write a book which will give a detailed picture of the church attacks and my involvement.

Q: There is a general opinion that Mahendra Kumar attacked churches alleging conversion. But after church attack, he himself got converted. Is it right?

A: I am still opposing forced religious conversions. But we cannot generalize conversion in the name of religion. In Christian community, Catholics are not bothered or interested in conversions. Protestants are also the same. But there are few groups who have become money minded. Without having any basic knowledge of Bible, they are preaching about Christ and this hurts other people’s religious sentiments. These people are the real troublemakers. According to me, if I believe in Jesus, I should not insult Eshwar. I should not hurt religious sentiments of other religions or should not criticize them. It is my policy and I follow this.

There were many reasons behind the incidents of 2008. Jesus is my favorite and I still love him. The scene of a broken statue of Jesus in Milagres made to me cry. I openly conveyed my regrets through TV channels, regarding this broken statue.

Q: Do you think there are fanatics in every religion?

A: Yes. Fanatics are there in every religion. No religion is teaching hatred. Few people who do not know about religion but posing as protectors of religion are the troublemakers in society.

Q: Did the incident of 2008 act as a turning point in your life?

A: Yes. The incident of 2008 made me think and mooted me to take bold steps. Many say that if I continued in Bajrang Dal, I would have been an MP or MLA today. But I am not an aspirant of any of these posts. Position comes and goes but making a space in the hearts of people is very important. Gandhiji did the same. He did not become minister or handle any posts. In my case, after the church attack, RSS was never interested to bring me out me from jail. Yediyurappa was the chief minister in the state. I had clashes with RSS and BJP over their political hypocrisy. They wanted to me keep me in jail for few days because the Datta Peeta issue came up at the same time. Government and BJP understood that if I come out, I would join members of Datta Mala Abhiyana. So Yediyurappa and BJP wanted me to be in jail for few more days.

Q: Did you think the jail life of 2008 help you realise who is right and who is wrong?

A: I already told you, I had regular clashes with the leaders of RSS and BJP. But jail life of 2008 made me take a stand against the hierarchy present in Hindu outfits. The life of the prisoners who were jailed for communal clashes made think me twice. They are all fooled by their leaders. Inspired by hate speeches and meetings, they commit the crime. But once they are jailed, they become helpless and are forced to face punishment alone. This hurt me and forced me to rethink my work as a leader of the same outfit.

Within few days of getting bail, I went to Beltangady to visit one of my friends. There, I was met a lady who was a Hindu but converted to Christianity. Her life story completely brought a change in my life. Her life became an eye opener for me about Christians, conversion and class system prevalent in the Hindu community. Entire Hindu community is controlled by Brahmins. There is no power and freedom to leaders of other communities in Hindu outfits, RSS or BJP. All are zero in front of Brahmanism.

Q: In your opinion who is powerless in BJP?

A: Nalin Kumar Kateel is a zero in BJP. He is only an instrument in the party. Everything is decided by RSS and some upper caste leaders. Everyone in Dakshina Kannada knows that Nalin Kumar does not have any hold in BJP. Kota Srinivas Poojary also faces the same fate. Only Karkala MLA Sunil Kumar made a name as a leader, without any backings of RSS. Vinay Shetty, Sudarshan Moodbidri or Sathyajith Surathkal is capable leaders in BJP. But RSS does not want them to take up leadership.

Q: Nowadays, everywhere there are protests against CAA and NRC. You are a person in demand to address these protests and rallies. What is your opinion on CAA and NRC?

A: I am not opposing CAA. My opposition is NRC. Without NRC, government cannot implement CAA. Government is planning to segregate people of the entire nation through NRC. I am opposing this. Instead of asking documents from Indian citizens, police department and intelligence should trace the illegal migrants and send them out.

Government does not have any seriousness on this. Simply, they are dividing people of the nation in the name of religion and creating confusion. Instead of CAA and NRC, government actually needs to do rectify issues of our nation.

Q: Do you have think Christians forgave you for church attacks? Do you have any regrets about the church attacks?

A: I do not bother whether Christians forgave me or not. Still, I oppose the insult of other people’s religious sentiments. But I love Christ and I pray directly to him. I have great reverence for Mother Theresa. I am living with the intention of changing this society according to Gandhi, Jesus and Mother Theresa. I will continue my fight.

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  • Arun Fernandes, Bangalore

    Mon, Feb 24 2020

    Who are we to judge or forgive someone just because we are Christian !!!
    As Jesus Himself said " if anyone of you who has not sinned, cast the first stone at the sinful woman you have brought for judgement". Eventually nobody cast a stone and went their way and so did Jesus too didn't accuse her. Instead He forgave her sins and told her not to sin again...
    So is the case of Mahendra Kumar. We are definitely hurt by the attacks on our churches, and innocent people, but let Christ forgive him for his actions....

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Sat, Feb 22 2020

    Let me quote the new report title in toto -

    "No apology for Church attacks, but I love Jesus’ - Mahendra Kumar"

    Under this pretext my good old proud Hindustani Christian friend this weekend shared with me a point view not over the cup of chai but otherwise since it was late evening ..., that the fundamental message of Christianity is LOVE... and through Christ it is propagated, preached & practiced .., and he went on to say that - it is good to see that Mahendra Kumar love Jesus from his own mouth.., through he don't love Christian followers to be precise Christians who are FEKU's in their ideology, preaching & practice...,

    And above all one final word from his is that - Whether Mahendra loves Jesus or not.., Jesus loves him more than anybody else for sure.., and Crusification & his resurrection is the testimony to all those who love & believe in him...,

    To be honest nothing went beyond this point...!!!!

    after all my point is what we see around us is nothing but DOMBARATA...., simply at its best....!!!

    jai hind..,

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  • C.E.SALDANHA, Shivbagh, kadri

    Fri, Feb 21 2020


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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    In many occasions it’s again and again proved that, no one can succeed against the Gandhi ji s teachings, because India is built under truth and non violence.

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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    If Gandhi teachings are non violent, then why he agreed to send Indians to fight for British for ww2 ?

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  • William D'Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    To fight against the wrong doers. Hitler had to be stopped.

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    People who spread hate and venom in the name of religion, in coastal districts should learn from this person. God give them sadbudi.

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    Majority of the Indian politicians are running according to the people’s mind set, our people don’t questions about better things, basic facilities, schools, jobs and housing needs but demands for Mandir, Masid and Church.

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  • William D'Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    What about Delhi ????

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    Very informative talk, our people should change their mind set priorities. Our people mostly worried about religion and caste.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    Christianity teaches us that a statue is a mere representation of a someone. The statue is a shadow of that person.

    By damaging the statue, the person being represented (by that statue) is not harmed at all.

    A large number of Christians from the earliest times to this day do not have statues at all, such as 300 million Orthodox Christians.

    So, if a group/individual damaged the property (including the statue) of some Christians in 2008, those affected Christians can always take the matter to court in a civil suit for compensation.

    PS: A major goal of Christianity is the reformation of a person. Mr Kumar here is a proof that he is a much reformed person.

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  • Anthony H Crasta, Granville/Sydney

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    Well conducted interview Walter, and I applaud your work. I agree with the views expressed and explained by Mahendra Kumar on various matters, and I wish him well in his future ventures.

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  • G Veer S, Nagpur

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    If Ram Mandir is attacked no need for attacker to apologise but love Ram. So, why is the need to build Ram Mandir anyways if it was supposedly destroyed and allegedly built a mosque over it????.
    In this case why Catholics and thier churches are attacked and wrongly victimized if some other groups which doesn't belong to Catholics have done wrong????. It was a intentional and pre planned strategy to attack specifically Catholics while that other group is hand in glove as partners-in-crime. Any action on them so far???.

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  • Hariprasad, Bajpe/Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    Educate the future generation to preserve GREAT INDIAN CULTURE - Gandhism!

    Jai Hind!!!!

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  • Roshan, Mangalore / Dubai

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    His statement is like 'he loves his dad and he don't mind torching his dads house. and If he does with misunderstanding, he doesn't apologize to his dad.

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  • John, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    He is right we christians do we follow Jesus teachings?
    We preach but we don't practice
    If we had practiced I think in India many would have been the deciples of Jesus

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  • Sandesh, Mangalore, Oman

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    Do you know who is John ? Do you follow Jesus, if yes you would not have bothered about others like Jesus. All those who preach and those who listen needn't be disciples. There good and bad people in all the religions.

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  • William D'Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    It is next to impossible to perfectly follow Christ. Do not try to remove the wood piece from others eyes when you have log in your eyes. People will come to Christ, what is required from you is only prayers. God has his own ways.

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  • AD, Mangaluru

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    RSS has wonderful organisational capabilities, if only it used these capabilities for unity of India then India would even have beaten China in growth. As Sadguru said' who would invest in India if they see busses being burnt?' These visuals could be avoided if the government backed by its master RSS would have focussed on all inclusive development.

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  • Zakir Hussain, Dubai/Moodbidri

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    May i ask you to name one good capability of RSS so we can think over it whether to follow?

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  • Anil Thomas Dsilva, UAE-MANGALORE

    Thu, Feb 20 2020



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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    He says he believes in christ but not apologizing for his mistakes is concerning. We all can talk but when we attacked crosses churches of private property is a serious matters.saying sorry is not a offence my friend

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  • Canute Dsouza, Doha

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    Brother, looks like you did not watch the interview full.
    Watch FULL video, you will get answer to your won questions.
    He is clear, he is not taking responsibility to chruch arrack, but defend the action.
    Who has done attack? He says, he is writing a book on that, now not disclosing.
    His all 24 cases are cleared now.
    Many of the readers have a bad habbit of commenting without reading or watching the interview in FULL

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  • Praveen Lobo, Bangalore

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    He doesn't need to apologise with anyone. He is loving Christ and living Christ now which you and me don't do. Who are you to expect his apology?

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    Praveen I really not required to answer your question but I have decided to give you the answer I am the follower of christ and recent visit to India I saw this broken cross in milagres I put my hands on that cross and cried for three minutes to harming my jesus by people. Today I see this article still people not agree to say sorry. Yes book is good to see the fact but sorry to jesus is a small word to say in public doesn't hurts. Anyways follower of christ has forgotten and forgiven them. But this man is honestly confessing the facts which is great

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    I confess that i have not read the full interview at all...
    Reason: The head line...
    Let me be very clear ....
    Those who Love God Never Attack and cause harm.
    Those who Love Jesus have no qualms in apologizing.
    I could not make much of the comments I read though.

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  • Al Dsouza, Canad

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    Love for jesus comes to people from hard ways. Whole world will come to Jesus before thier life time directly or indirectly it is a matter of time. Small incidents change whole life prospective

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    You have just missed the greatest platform and opportunity to apologize to the people of Mangalore for vandalizing the Churches.

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  • Rajiv Rai, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    Fortunately this man has realised the hidden agenda and motives of communal forces trying to divide society.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    What he means to say is "He loves me but he likes to throw stones at my Home" ...

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  • Anand Dsouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    No I don't think so. If you follow him on U tube, he is a changed person. I think Jesus only changed him. Why you want apology. His words only says that he is apolozising sincerely. Also he says there are some groups always try to convert the people preaching bad about other religion.
    These groups get money for. Each conversions.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    Great job towards national unity! Most political parties today are trying to divide and rule. I appreciate Mahendra Kumars's strong point of view. Hope Kalladka's hardcore followers take a leaf from him and abandon the fanatics alone!!
    I fail to see regulars like Hebri, shanker gone silent when matter of national unity with all religion appears???

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  • Mohammad/GCC, Mangalore/GCC

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    YES, people like Hebri shankar will not comment anything on this news & interview. instead they will try to increase the numbers of disagree with all the positive comments.
    hah hah haaa,...:)

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  • Jaggu, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    Now the secret is out.. everyone knows what

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  • Mohammad/GCC, Mangalore/GCC

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    well done sir,.. good job,... good interview,...
    yes, this interview is the EYE OPENER to all., specially BJP supporters.

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  • rakesh, Dubai

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    without apology you can not love jesus. .first you need to accept your mistake then need to ask forgiveness with god. thats how word say in all holly books.

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    Some are Christians by name but not by ideals of Lord Jesus Christ.
    They can't even forgive those, who seek forgiveness and change their lives for better! Yet they claim to be Christians!
    Some are not Christians by name but are close to Jesus Christ through their words and deeds, they adopt lords teachings in real life. God is pleased with them.
    Lord Jesus Christ said, no one can come to me, unless my Father in heaven sends them to me. So in real sense there can't be forced conversions.
    All those love God and love thy neighbour as they love themselves are belonging to God🙏

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  • shobha, mangalore

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    May this interview become Eye opener to all

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  • shobha, mangalore

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    let this interview become EYE OPENER to all...

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    But there are few groups who have become money minded. Without having any basic knowledge of Bible, they are preaching about Christ and this hurts other people’s religious sentiments.

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    Thu, Feb 20 2020

    Let God Almighty lift you up and bless you abundantly sir. People like you are needed for India to build Strong united India. Now a days we find divided India in all corners.

    Let God lift you up to serve India. Very happy to see peace and joy on your face.

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