10 April, 2021

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.

Narendra Bisht
Coffee, Tea Or Narendra Modi?

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.

After all, Modi the Dreamcatcher had delivered much of what the 2003 Lawrence...

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