By Tajinder Bains
The brutal killing of a man in Bisada village in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, not far from the Indian capital, on suspicion that he consumed beef after killing a cow was more than a murder. It was an attack on one of our most cherished values, protected by the constitution: secularism. It was an assault on the very tenets of Indianness, a value we profess to cherish.
The Indian constitution guarantees every citizen the right to practise his or her religion, without any interference of the State that is mandated to maintain its secular character.