More than a week after a heinous incident involving the lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq by a Hindu mob on 28 September in Bisara, UP (tehsil Dadri) over the alleged slaughtering of a calf for beef, Prime Minister Modi finally broke his silence on the episode
. He called for communal harmony and appealed
to the people to focus on working together to further economic progress. Cow slaughter is banned in UP. Meat found at Aklaq's home was tested and turned out to be mutton. The incident highlights
an increasingly worrisome trend towards intolerance in India. In a touching show of solidarity to protest the lynching at Dadri, the inaction around investigation of murder of progressive thinker and scholar MM Kalburgi in Karnataka, and the rising intolerance in general, several Sahitya Akademi Award winners (India's highest literary award) returned their awards and resigned
as members of the Akademi.