Condemning the lynching of a man over beef eating rumour in Uttar Pradesh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 5 October said such incidents hurt the country's image.
"India is a mature society. We need to rise above these kinds of incidents because they certainly don't give a good name as far as the country is concerned," he said after a lecture at Columbia University.
He was responding when asked to comment on the lynching incident in Dadri which has happened at a time when the government was wooing foreign investors.
"I have also said they can amount to policy diversions in that context so it is the responsibility of every Indian in his actions or comments to stay clear of unfortunate and condemnable instances like this," the senior BJP leader said.
A 50-year-old man was lynched and his son was critically injured by a mob in Dadri on 28 September after rumours that they had consumed beef.