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Schrodinger's beef? Twitter asks for the recipe that turned mutton into beef

Trinaa Prasad | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

Elections aren't just a battleground for political parties. It is a universally-known but less-acknowledged fact that a state in pre-election mode also experiences several jaw-dropping miracles. This is the crux of Twitter's current dilemma. While one half of Twitter cannot even with the latest update about the horrific Dadri lynching case, the other half wants to know the secret behind the miracle. (PS: Uttar Pradesh goes into polls in 2017).

For those unaware of the details of this case - which at this point can only be blamed on willful ignorance, general stupidity or downright denial - here is the gist:

In September 2015, 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged out of his house by a mob in Uttar Pradesh's Dadri. He was lynched for consuming and storing what was "rumoured to be beef".

What followed was nationwide outrage over the fact that a man had to sacrifice his life over food.

According to reports, samples were taken not from his house, but from the tripoint near Akhlaq's house and sent for testing. The police later declared that the meat in question was mutton and not beef.

This was eight months ago. On 31 May 2016, it was 'revealed' that according to the hand-written forensic reports from UP government's lab in Mathura, the meat was of "a cow or its progeny".

Uttar Pradesh police chief Javed Ahmed told NDTV, "Initially we did say mutton but subsequently we were told by the lab that it was beef." #DeshBadalRahaHai

So we're still discussing the meat, not the man? This is the backdrop of the story now unfolding on social media: the story of a Mystique-like mutant mutton that turns into beef when preserved for seven to eight months.

Since taking offense is a national hobby now, here is a fun clarification: for those of you who do not have a sarcasm radar, please note that this thread is not mocking the incident, but only the ridiculousness of goat meat magically turning into beef.


Edited by Blassy Boben

First published: 1 June 2016, 1:55 IST