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India's Top Candidate Went Full Tupac, Campaigned Via Hologram

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is pictured during a live '3D hologram' telecast in Allahabad on April 14, 2014
BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is pictured during a live '3D hologram' telecast in Allahabad on April 14, 2014Photograph by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP via Getty Images

Behold, Narendra Modi did appear from the darkness and deliver his message to the masses. But though his likeness did appear on the stage, he was not really there.

Like Tupac at Coachella, Modi, who is almost certain to be the next prime minister of India, sent his hologram to rallies of supporters in 1,400-plus locations across the country this election season, according to a spokesman for his Bharatiya Janata Party. Indians filed in from towns and villages to look up as the lights blinked on and the candidate from the Hindu nationalist opposition suddenly appeared before them. In one notable address last month, Modi told the crowds that he thought God had “chosen” him for the task of bettering the country. It might be difficult for an audience member not in the know to tell the facsimile on the stage from the real man: