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Regrettably, the PM’s reaction to the Dadri incident is of a piece with the winks and nods that the BJP appears to be using to signal a hardline right wing stance to certain sections of Indian society.

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In recent days, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj made the case for a law that provides for the death penalty for cow slaughter and defended the assault on the MLA from the Jammu and Kashmir assembly as a ‘natural reaction’ to the independent legislator’s action. ‘Leaders need to change their mindset or get beaten up by the people in full public view,’ said the BJP MP from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

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Physically assaulting anyone over perceived slights to one’s religious views did not begin since Mr Modi came to power, but the silence of the leadership over these kinds of issues may be emboldening potential perpetrators.

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