A fiction is not always a fictitious and fantasias rendition of reality. Black Thunder, wrapped in the skin of fiction, tells the true story of cathartic culmination of follies that fanned competitive religious fundamentalism and pushed the people to the path of ethno-religious insurgency.
Power debauchery had dissected the governing tools into contradictory opinions that immobilized the nation. Political expediency created mass-hysteria and terrorism. Pakistan exploited the fault-lines and pushed the country to cataclysmic fratricidal crimes. Black Thunder is the story of the national crime.
The nation has paid the wages of sin of the governing classes and tools. Black Thunder is a reminder to them and all of us – lest we forget our combined sins.
As a ring-side player, the novelist had the opportunity to take part in games of blatant political shenanigan, bureaucratic debauchery, multiple sufferings of the people, their perceived and real grievances and sacrifices offered and excesses committed by the uniformed protectors of the nation. It is hoped that the inner story told in a literary style shall imprint lessons, which we should not forget, and create self-machinated fault-lines all across the country.
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Author: MK Dhar