It was a landmark moment in India, revealing fissures in its secular history and uncovering a narrative of ugly violence against Christians in India.
It was a landmark moment in India, revealing fissures in its secular history and uncovering a narrative of ugly violence against Christians in India.(Photo: The Quint)
  • 1. Who Was Graham Staines?
  • 2. Why Was He Murdered?
  • 3. Why Was Staines’ Murder Significant?
  • 4. What Did the Wadhwa Commission Find?
  • 5. What Punishment Was Given to Dara Singh?
  • 6. Where is Gladys Staines and Her Family?
Why India Shouldn’t Forget the Murder of Graham Staines

Manoharpur is a small village in Keonjhar district in Odisha.

In the intervening night of 22 January and 23 January 1999, Manoharpur hit newspaper headlines when Graham Staines, a 58-year-old Australian Christian missionary, was burnt to death along with his two sons – 10-year-old Phillips and 7-year-old Timothy. Staines and his sons were sleeping in their station wagon in front of a church in the village, when the car was attacked by a mob.

The mob was led by Dara Singh, a local leader with alleged links to Bajrang Dal. It was a landmark moment in India, revealing fissures in its secular history and uncovering a narrative of ugly violence against Christians in India.

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