"My Upbringing Doesn't Allow Me To Take Life": PM Modi To Man vs Wild Host

Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will premiere simultaneously on 12 Discovery channels in five languages - English, Bengali, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on August 12, 9 pm.

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'My Upbringing Doesn't Allow Me To Take Life': PM Modi To Man vs Wild Host

PM Modi is a vegetarian, so there was going to be no eating of grubs, said Bear Grylls.


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Ever since the promos of Discovery's exclusive show featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi and adventure junkie Bear Grylls riding through the wilderness of Uttarakhand were viral, the special edition has been highly anticipated.

In the latest four-minute promo video released by Discovery channel, Mr Grylls is seen teaching PM Modi how to make a spear that he can use to protect himself in case they encounter a tiger in the woods.

"You are the most important man in India and my job is to keep you alive. If a tiger comes, so this is your protection," Mr Grylls said while teaching PM Modi how to use a spear as a safeguard against potential attack from a tiger.

To this, the Prime Minister replies, "My upbringing does not allow me to take a life. However, I will hold on it (the spear) since you insist!"

In an interview to news agency ANI, Mr Grylls was asked if the audience will get to see him and Prime Minister eating any unpalatable food in their survival quests as the show which goes by name Man Vs Wild is known for it.

To this Mr Grylls refuted the possibility by saying the "Prime Minister is a vegetarian".

"Prime Minister is a vegetarian, so there was going to be no eating of grubs or anything like that. But in the wild, you can survive very well off berries, roots, plants and certainly, Prime Minister spent his younger years in the wild, so he was very comfortable with that. We ended up very cold and very wet but shared some beautiful Indian tea together in the end; that was a very special moment for me," the show host said.

PM Modi, in the promo, stresses on the need to preserve and embrace nature.

When Bear Grylls pointed out evident dangers lurking in their vicinity (on account of wild animals), PM Modi fearlessly said, "We should not take this place as a danger zone. When we go against nature then everything becomes dangerous; human beings too become dangerous. On the other hand, if we co-operate with nature, then she also co-operates with us."

Shot in Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, the special episode of "Man vs Wild" will broadcast on August 12 at 9 pm and will be showcased in 180 countries around the world.

The Prime Minister had earlier said he was both intrigued and inclined to take part in the show.

"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 focusing on life beyond politics and that too in the midst of nature I was both intrigued and inclined to take part in it," PM Modi had said.

The show will be a frank and freewheeling journey that will throw light on wildlife conservation, highlighting issues related to environmental change.

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The Prime Minister said he took this as an opportunity to showcase India's rich flora and fauna and to emphasise on environmental conservation.

PM Modi and host Bear Grylls will also be seen building a raft to cross a jungle river together in the episode.

In India, Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Modi will premiere simultaneously on 12 Discovery channels in five languages - English, Bengali, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on August 12, 9 pm.



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