In a first of its kind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will feature in Discovery Channel's show 'Man Vs Wild' alongside well-known host and adventurer, Bear Grylls.
In an exclusive sneak peek released by Discovery, Narendra Modi is seen saying: "I believe we should not consider this danger. If we struggle with nature then everything turns dangerous, even man."
PM Modi also opens up about his experience in the Himalayas and said that it was the biggest strength of his life till date. Grylls agrees with him by saying that the experience of living in the wild must have shaped his character for sure. The two then walk in the wild and Bear shows Modi how to use the weapon if they come face-to-face with a tiger, to which, Modi says, "My upbringing and sacraments won't allow me to kill the tiger but nevertheless, I will keep this weapon in my hand for you."
Towards the end of the video clip, Bear asks how can one clean the country. To this, Modi says, "India won't get cleaned from any external help but rather with the behaviour and attitude of Indians. In India, personal hygiene is in-built but social-hygiene is still being cultivated. I believe India will become the cleanest country soon."
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will feature in a special episode of Discovery's "Man Vs Wild" which will highlight "issues related to environmental change." According to a statement from the channel, the special episode, featuring survivalist and adventurer Bear Grylls and shot in the India's Jim Corbett National Park, will be a "frank and freewheeling journey" which will throw light on wildlife conservation. The episode will premiere on August 12 and will be showcased in more than 180 countries across the world on Discovery network of channels.
"For years, I have lived among nature, in the mountains and the forests. These years have a lasting impact on my life. So when I was asked about a special programme focussing on life beyond politics and that too in the midst of nature I was both intrigued and inclined to take part in it," the PM said in a statement.
"For me, this show presents a great opportunity to showcase to the world India's rich environmental heritage and stress on the importance of environment conservation and living in harmony with nature. It was a great experience spending time in the jungle once again, this time with Bear, who is blessed with indefatigable energy and quest to experience nature at its purest," he added. Bear said it was a privilege to take the PM "on an adventure into the Indian wilderness."
"I feel truly honoured to get to spend time with this remarkable world leader. The wild reminds us that we need each other and that together we are stronger. I am so excited to spend time with the PM and to get to know the man who leads this great nation," Bear said.
(With inputs from PTI)