Noted litterateur Nayantara Sahgal has returned the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award recording protest against what she calls a vicious assault on India’s diversity and the government’s failure to safeguard it. Notably her protest is against the Dadri killing and the silence of PM Modi on the issue. Meanwhile there is growing clamour for Modi to speak up. While many controversial comments have been made by the saffron brigade, the BJP has issued directions that off the cuff remarks will not be tolerated. With the death of Mohammad Akhlaq taking political colour, all that the family now wants is justice. An nnis special report.