India’s ugly face

Soutik Biswas reporting for the BBC, ‘On Thursday a 15-year-old Muslim boy, returning home from Eid shopping with his three brothers, was killed in a brutal assault by a mob of about 20 men on a train in the north Indian state of Haryana . . . Vigilante cow protection groups, operating with impunity, have killed people for transporting cattle. Muslim men have been lynched by Hindu mobs, mostly in BJP-ruled states, for allegedly storing beef and, in one case, for helping an mixed-faith couple elope. Many are wondering whether India is hurtling towards a “mobocracy” under Mr Modi’s watch. They also question the prime minister’s silence over the killings. There is a sense of a rapid breakdown of law and order when it comes to protecting minorities.’ click here.