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Old April 6th, 2019, 09:21 AM
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The least of these : The Graham Staines story

This is an English language movie made by Americans on a barbaric hate crime that took place in India in 1999---the burning alive of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons by Hindu chauvinists who believed that Staines was paying money to poor tribal people to convert to Christianity . The central event of the movie is real of course , but the movie is a fictionalised account of that .

Stephen Baldwin plays the missionary and Shari Rigby plays his wife Gladys Staines . Sharman Joshi plays Manav Banerjee , an Indian reporter who comes to the Indian state of Orissa where Graham is working . Manav meets a newspaper editor ( played by Prakash Belawadi ) and promises to unearth evidence of Graham paying money to poor people to convert to Christianity , something that is a crime in India if done by money inducements ( though preaching and conversion to any religion is acceptable if done without fraudulent means ) . But the editor asks him to join Graham as a trojan horse by accepting Christianity in order to win Graham's trust , and then report and take photographic evidence of Graham paying money to poor people to convert .

However Manav directly confronts Graham , who denies using money to convert Indians . Manav gets to closely observe the work that Graham is doing curing leprosy patients in India and soon realises that Graham is doing a commendable job serving these patients who are pariahs among their own people after having contracted leprosy . Graham is the only person willing to touch them and give them any shred of dignity and hope . Of course Graham admits that he hopes that they will convert , but without money inducements it is not illegal at all . Manav tries to find out evidence that people are being converted by fraudulent means but finds no such thing .

During his research Manav comes to realise that a man named Mahendra ( Manoj Mishra ) is ready to take Staines' life and goes to warn Staines of this , but too late....Mahendra and his goons have already committed the deadly crime of burning alive Graham and his two small sons Timothy and Philip . Manav is affected by the dignity with which Gladys forgives her husband's killers , and by the fact that Graham's son had begun to believe himself to be an Indian and dreamt of becoming a cricket player not of Australia but of India like Sachin Tendulkar the Indian cricket star .

Also Manav comes to realise the motive of his newspaper editor in having a hatred towards Graham ; he is son of a leprosy patient that Graham allegedly converted to Christianity . But the patient says that he never converted to Christianity and opens Manav's eyes . Manav then goes to press in another newspaper telling the truth about Staines and the false allegations his earlier editor was making , thus resulting in the editor's expulsion from his job . Gladys goes on to continue her husband's work and she and her husband are duly recognised by the Indian government and given civilian honours .

The movie furthers India's image in the west as not only being poverty afflicted but also leprosy afflicted , and this forms a most unwelcome image . Of course , the movie gives a one sided picture as it has been produced by American Christians . Was Graham Staines really using money to convert the downtrodden ? God knows , but certainly burning him and his two young sons alive was unforgivable .

Acting and emotions wise , the movie scores and has a sentimental effect on the audience . Photography and colours are decent . Music wise , the movie again does very well and the music does a good job of heightening the emotional aspect of the movie .

Verdict---Good .

Four stars out of five .
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Old April 6th, 2019, 09:33 AM
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Re: The least of these : The Graham Staines story

The gruesomeness of this event still raises one's hackles.The widow may have been gracious but the Indian government, I believe, did quick justice in this case. Not sure if the criminal is still alive or long dead.
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Re: The least of these : The Graham Staines story

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The convict is alive. He was sentenced to death and the sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.
Some call him a hero rather than a criminal. Not me though. Burning alive someone is not done. BTW, there was another VHP activist invovled in helping poor people, who was killed by Maoists in the same region many years later.
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For a moment, i thought the guy in white kurta in the poster was Pappu
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Re: The least of these : The Graham Staines story

Lot of people get burned in Orissa for lot of reasons. Every religion and every sect within the religion feels like a victim. That is the only common thread in India. All are victims and nobody is the perpetrator.
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Re: The least of these : The Graham Staines story

If you scroll down to 'related threads', there are 4 of them on Graham Staines case.
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If you scroll down to 'related threads', there are 4 of them on Graham Staines case.
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At the time I wrote this, our forum was very politically correct and I had to always mouth some namby pamby platitudes.

Not that I want people to be radical and burn other people today, but I definitely do not want 'imported' religion converters given the advent of all such nonsense like love jihaad and such.

And the thing happened many years ago. The movie is released now. Who cares? I don't.
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At the time I wrote this, our forum was very politically correct and I had to always mouth some namby pamby platitudes.

Not that I want people to be radical and burn other people today, but I definitely do not want 'imported' religion converters given the advent of all such nonsense like love jihaad and such.

And the thing happened many years ago. The movie is released now. Who cares? I don't.
And I have never been politically correct. If you are so much insecure about your own religion then you need to look at yourself not people spreading imported religion. All these fucking Hindutva guys are no different then fundamental Muslims. The Evangelist Christians are doing their job , which is spreading the religion. If you are secure within your own religion then you do not need to convert. If you convert then fuck you , our religion did not need you anyways . Both the cases do not justify violence and brandishing of dick by Hindutva goons . Love Jihaad happens because you are not serving your own people....
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^^ Arey baba, they are still making movies of people long gone... long long gone. There are movies about moghuls and marathas and that lady of Jhansi, Manikramanna or something. They also made movies about people from way back... when we did not know how to speak or walk. On the flip side, they are making movies about current day leaders... and yes, releasing it on the day of elections to boost his vote too. It is called, seena-thaan ke jori
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And I have never been politically correct. If you are so much insecure about your own religion then you need to look at yourself not people spreading imported religion. All these fucking Hindutva guys are no different then fundamental Muslims. The Evangelist Christians are doing their job , which is spreading the religion. If you are secure within your own religion then you do not need to convert. If you convert then fuck you , our religion did not need you anyways . Both the cases do not justify violence and brandishing of dick by Hindutva goons . Love Jihaad happens because you are not serving your own people....
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When I went to school, a catholic school, much much before this Staines fellow, our school never ever tried to sow seeds of Christianity in our young minds. In fact, our school is one of the most respected and oldest school in India. Even today its a wonderful school. The school infact used to have non Christian event celebrations to ensure all religions got covered equally.

Its people like Staines who came to India, took advantage of the poor and illiterate and told them fairy tales that conversion would solve their poverty and problems. That's what was wrong.

Don't just look at the extreme act that occurred with Staines. That act was and will remain wrong always. I have not supported it and will not support it even today. But I cannot turn a blind eye to the things that led to it... just like the events and climate that led to the NZ shooting.

When someone says something which is not liberal, left wing, secular then he/she is branded as racist or a Islamophobe or something such. You are allowed to only speak what the left and secular people want to hear from you.
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Convent schools these days force kids to celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween. And no holiday on Holi, and Rakhi, only 1 day holiday on Diwali.

I was surprised to learn Halloween is big in India now. So Catholic schools are trying best to remove any element of Hindu culture from kids' minds.
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This Graham Staines incident was a one off.

Catholics are raping nuns and then calling nuns as prostitutes when crime is out in the open. Nobody's gonna make a movie on that.
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This Graham Staines incident was a one off.

Catholics are raping nuns and then calling nuns as prostitutes when crime is out in the open. Nobody's gonna make a movie on that.
Fucking nuns is at least heterosexual.. These fuckers go bugger small boys
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Fucking nuns is at least heterosexual.. These fuckers go bugger small boys
There was a brief reference to that in Nagesh Kuknoor movie 'Rockford'. The nearly offending convent father resists his temptations though.
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