Grim lessons from a lynching
A modern nation state should have the sole monopoly over violence
The fact that a man can be lynched by a mob is shocking. Mohammed Akhlaq was dragged out of his house in an Uttar Pradesh village because the mob suspected he had eaten beef. He died soon after. His son was also beaten badly. Some may convincingly argue that such episodes are still thankfully rare in India, but we need to go beyond such dry statistical realities because the incident is stark enough to take very seriously. And to convert it into a political opportunity is to trivialize its importance.