11 Oct, 2015
Politics of beef: Modi’s vision scuttled by extremists from among his own followers | The Indian Express
Sartaj said he was part of the Indian Air Force family. He owed his allegiance to that family. The elders in that family would advise him what he should do next to ensure security and he would abide by their advice. He appealed for calm, understanding and communal harmony. He asked fellow-Indians to pray for the swift recovery of his brother, Danish, who was battling for life in hospital.
Sartaj’s reaction to the brutal and uncivilized behaviour of a lynch mob stands out in marked contrast to the venom and hate spouted by BJP’s MP, Sangeet Som, who accused the government of Akhilesh Yadav of protecting “cow-slaughters”! Other BJP party bigwigs, including the Union Minister of State for Culture, were notably ambiguous about their feelings, condemning the murder as people expected them to, but justifying the motive, as the cow had to be protected. The Minister went to the ludicrous extent of terming the murder an accident.