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.