Dr. Joseph K Thomas is a veteran, a corporate leader, an educationist. and a social entrepreneur. He is a soldier by choice, an engineer by profession, an educationist by passion, and an author by accident. His journey from the war room to the board room and then to the classroom has been an Illustrious one. Dr. Joseph is seasoned with different experiences and expertise from multiple domains starting from Military, multi-national companies, educational evangelism, and social entrepreneurship. He writes articles in leading newspapers and premier educational magazines.
Dr. Joseph’s first book, INDIA; THE NEXT SUPERPOWER, and his second book CONMAN – IN – CHIEF OF CAPITOL COUP are Amazon’s # Best Selling Books.
Let’s dive into the interview with author to know the journey.
- Can you tell us a little about your book?
Taliban 2.0 highlights the ground reality of Afghan people, how it changed their lives, and what the future holds for them. The focus of the book essentially is security and economic implications for India under a new regime due to the influence of proxies like China and Pakistan.
- Is there a specific event that inspired this story or was this an out of the blue idea?
The seizure of power by the Taliban forces for a second time, after the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan in Aug 2021.
- What got you writing in the first place?
The pain and suffering of Afghan people due to the power-hungry, self-proclaimed custodians of Islam under the guise of establishing Caliphate by overthrowing a democratically elected government.
- What was your impression of your first draft when you read it?
I felt emotional, my eyes become moist as I hold back my tears and felt a pain inside my chest.
- Which part of your story connects the most with you? Why?
The day the Taliban took control, it was the end of life for women in Afghanistan. No school for girls, no office job for women, they’re not even treated like human beings. Are we living in the 21st century?
For Afghanistan’s women, the Burqa represents the sudden and devastating loss of rights gained over 20 years, the right to work, study, move and even live in peace, that they fear will never be regained.
I am highlighting this story to make people understand the real meaning of freedom and why it’s important to respect and protect the freedom in our lives.
- What makes your book the one to read?
Taliban 2.0 is an unbiased assessment of the recent developments in Afghanistan as a result of the seizure of power by the Taliban for a second time in Aug 2021. The book covers the history of governance in Afghanistan, describing the tussle amongst various ideologies in usurping power at their helm and culminating in the geopolitical fallout for the world at large in general and for India in particular.
Various pertinent issues about terrorism, economy, military strategy, geopolitical turmoil, the fate of the huge Indian investments there, etc have been contemplated. While time is the only answer for all uncertainties, but I have packaged all these concerns in a prim, precise, and presentable manner, so that the readers can connect with the story.
- What was the best advice you got while writing?
Continue your conversational style of writing so that the readers can connect with your story.
- Who’s your all-time favourite author? Which book of his/hers made you fall in love with them?
1. Ramachandra Guha, Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World
2. Preeti Shenoy – It Happens for a Reason
I am an author by accident, if I can write, you can write as well.
There are many scenes make you emotional while writing like
1. Taliban commander ordered an Afghan girl named Bibi Aisha’s ears and nose to be cut off, she was left for dead in the mountains for disobeying family tradition.
2. A mother of seven children was executed in front of 30,000 spectators in Kabul’s Ghazi Sport stadium for murdering her husband. She was imprisoned for three years and extensively tortured before the execution, yet she refused to plead her innocence in a bid to protect her daughter.
3. A woman in Faryab Province was beaten to death by Taliban militants and her house was set alight for refusing to cook meal for them. She was a widow of an Afghan soldier and daily wage worker.
- Do you have another plot brewing?
Yes, I have the framework of the next 6 books in place.
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