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Coffee, Tea Or Narendra Modi?

In May 2014, the Indian voter bought into the dream Modi had woven skillfully for them. A year on, Outlook goes back to them, in 11 cities, to gauge if they still feel the same.

Coffee, Tea Or Narendra Modi? Narendra Bisht

In the mid-17th century, amongst Native American tribes of Ojibwe or Anishinaabe—basically, the first or original people—dreams held great significance. Besides fasting and other purgative ceremonies, good dreams were captured on a regular basis through a Dreamcatcher, a handmade device comprising a willow hoop with a loose net or web woven on it. The operative metaphor was winnowing: the purpose of the Dreamcatcher was to sift through dreams; to trap bad or evil dreams and channel good dreams to the sleeper.

There’s little likelihood that Narendra Damodardas Modi knew of the Ojibwe myth in his formative years, but exactly a year back it’s as a that Dreamcatcher Modi sold himself to the billion-plus Indians on a different native soil. A year down the line, Prime Minister Modi, the purveyor of ‘achhe din’ is still selling more of the same: a good dream to sleep with while he consolidates himself as the only holographic narrative that India must have.

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