Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to feature in the popular Man vs Wild show, hosted by the famous Bear Grylls on the Discovery channel. The episode is scheduled to be aired on August 12, and in the trailer, PM Modi is seen exploring sections of India's dense forests at the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand along with Grylls, in the usual grueling fashion of the show.
Adventure enthusiast and host of the show Bear Grylls took to Twitter to reveal his special guest for the show. He said that the people across 180 countries will get to see a different side of PM Modi in the episode as he attempts to create awareness about animal conservation and environmental change. Read the tweet below:
The United Nations in India also took to Twitter to reveal the Prime Minister's latest appearance in the television show.
Earlier on Monday, the Prime Minister had released the All India Tiger Estimation Report 2018 and said the country has emerged as of one of the biggest and safest habitats for tigers in the world. The tiger population in the country has grown from 1,400 in 2014 to 2,977 in 2019, according to the report.
"With around 3,000 tigers, India has emerged as of one of the biggest and safest habitats for them in world," Modi said as he lauded all the stakeholders involved in the country's tiger conservation exercise.
"Nine long years ago, it was decided in St. Petersburg (Russia) that the target of doubling the tiger population would be 2022. We in India completed this target four years in advance. This is the finest example of Sankalp Se siddhi (Attainment through Resolve)," he said.
He invoked two Bollywood movie titles to emphasize the need to expand and strengthen tiger conservation efforts.
The story of protecting tigers that started with "Ek Tha Tiger" (there was once a tiger) and reached "Tiger Zinda Hai" (the tiger is alive) should not end there, he said, efforts towards conservation should be expanded and sped up.
The PM said that the development versus environment conservation debate will continue with both sides suggesting as if these are mutually exclusive, but it was possible to strike a healthy balance between the two.
The show in which two global icons, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the world's most recognizable face of survival and adventurer Bear Grylls, will feature, Man Vs Wild is one of the most-watched wilderness survival television series in the world. Bear Grylls has hosted prominent celebrities in the past such as then sitting American President Barack Obama, Kate Winslet, Roger Federer, Julia Roberts and many more.
Bear Grylls has become known worldwide as one of the most-recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. The BAFTA award-winning TV host began his journey in 21 SAS before becoming one of the youngest-ever climbers of Mount Everest. Bear is the author of over 85 books that have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, including the No.1bestselling Mud, Sweat, and Tears. A former Special Forces soldier and Everest mountaineer, Bear starred in Discovery’s hit TV series Man vs. Wild for seven seasons, before hosting the National Geographic Channel series, Running Wild with Bear Grylls. This show has seen him take global stars such as Julia Roberts, Ben Stiller and even president Obama on adventures into the wild.
PM Modi's inclusion in the episode also involves the leader promoting awareness of animal conservation and environmental change, pressing issues that he has promised to address.