What is necessary evil?
First, we have to understand what evil really means? Is it the opposite of good? No, bad is the opposite of good. So what is evil?
Being evil is a measure, a tactic used by good and bad people when it is needed. The Allied forces in WWII had to be ruthless and commit evil to defeat a bad man.
Evil in itself isn’t good or bad. It’s simply a measure to be used at the right time. And so we come to necessary evil. Necessary evil is again a measure to be used in the worst of times when the gaps within our society widen and affirmative measures no longer work.
The Wolves of Pavagada delves in a similar pond of questions about good and evil, and we are introduced to Makat.
Makat. The First Wolf
An ancient being, Makat comes across as a bad creature filled with envy and cunning. He seems like a bad element, a typical bad guy in a story.
What we know of Makat comes from stories told by the good guys, the people who believe they belong on the right side of history and morality.
This perception of ours is questioned when Makat tells us his story. He explains his doings and indirectly attributes his actions as necessary evil. Outside the world of fairy tales, nobody is really inherently good or bad. And when the time requires,necessary evil as a measure becomes unavoidable.
The Role of Perception
The story begins with a legend of a jungle and the animals who lived in it. When you hear the legend for the first time, you immediately identify the good and bad parties. Not only is this true for this story, but also for most things we hear or see in our lives. Subconsciously, we all have existing perceptions based on our personal biases.
Perceptions form much of the way we live our life. From something as small as making a friend to voting in an election, perception trumps almost all factors in question. If we harbor a bad perception of a good person, we will never be friends with that person or vote for him if he stands for an election. Facts and truth are often secondary to our perception, as it comes from a much deeper place in our heart.
Throughout the story, our perception of Makat becomes darker. When Makat tells his side of things, our perception is questioned, but not entirely broken. This is because our previous perception came from a strong sense of biases. And letting go of biases is almost impossible for anyone.
In conclusion, ‘Wolves of Pavagada’ is in many ways a story spinning around questions of morality and perception. Although the story is an original, its context is based upon a true event which happened in 1983 in Pavagada and other villages in Karnataka, when children started disappearing from their homes.
The idea behind this story is to lay the groundwork for many future stories which can be built around the same cast of characters and events. This is our own attempt at creating a shared universe based upon a legend.
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