Story of Indian novel parallels deadly coronavirus outbreak
In “The Butterfly Effect” (Niyogi Books) by Rajat Chaudhuri, North Korean agents steal a variety of genetically modified rice not tested in a British laboratory and bring it back to Korea, which pollinates crops and triggers an epidemic of rapid aging across the continent. with a high number of deaths.
The prestigious Nature journal last week reported the arrest of a Harvard chemical chief for making false claims about obtaining research funding from China. He is alleged to have received “hundreds of thousands of dollars from Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China and agreed to run a laboratory there.”
While the involvement, if any, of the arrested professor cannot be assumed or dismissed at this point, it is well known that Wuhan is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. In the Indian novel, a scientist working in Britain unknowingly designs a dangerous variety of GM rice that is wreaking havoc among the Asian population.
“The Butterfly Effect” is listed as one of the “Fifty Must-Read Eco-Disaster Novels” by the Book Riot (US) website and the author presented it to the Museum of Science Fiction (Washington), Sahitya Akademi (Delhi) and several other places.
According to Chaudhuri, who has also written on these issues in the mainstream media, “As a writer and activist, I have been aware of the dangers posed by GM foods, the administration of viral-mediated genes and a range of other technologies which, if used carelessly, can have incredibly serious consequences. My novel recognizes these dangers and amplifies them on a fictitious scale.