Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Modi, a special episode of Grylls’ survival TV show Man vs Wild, was telecast on Discovery network on Monday.
The focus of the episode was on environmental change and wildlife conservation as PM Modi and Grylls traversed the scenic landscape of Uttarakhand’s Jim Corbett National Park.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a statement, “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. 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.”
Bear Grylls, who has been a member of British special forces (SAS), said it was a privilege for him to take PM Modi on an adventure across the Indian wilderness and that he feels honoured “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.”
Read all the highlights about Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Modi.
Grylls on PM Modi
"He is cold, he is wet but he is a hero," says Bear Grylls.
Grylls prays for Modi and India
Bear Grylls prays for Narendra Modi and India.
'This was a wonderful experience'
"This was a wonderful experience. I am hopeful that via this episode we can send a positive message to the world about India," says Narendra Modi.
PM Modi bats for nature
"Before we take anything wrongfully from nature, we should think about our future generations," says Narendra Modi.
PM Modi on sanitation and hygiene
"We are making great progress, as far as sanitation and hygiene is concerned," says Narendra Modi.
'We exploit our nature for selfish reasons'
"We exploit our nature for selfish reasons. This is the main concern," says Narendra Modi.
'In India, every plant is seen as God'
"In India, every plant is seen as God," says Narendra Modi.
PM Modi crosses a Himalayan river in a raft
Prime Minister Narendra Modi crosses a Himalayan river in a raft.
'I have never experienced fear'
"I have never experienced fear or nervousness," says Narendra Modi.
'We should never think of nature as something fearful'
"One can never fear nature. We should never think of nature as something fearful or scary," says Narendra Modi.
When PM Modi took a baby crocodile home
"I would take a bath in the pond every day. Once, I saw a baby crocodile in the water body and decided to take it home," says Narendra Modi.
'I have never cared about anything else but work'
"It never occurs to me who I am. I have never cared about anything else but work. The position, the designation doesn't matter," says Narendra Modi.
PM Modi's first vacation in 18 years
"My focus has always been development. This trip with you is my first vacation in 18 years," says Narendra Modi.
'My values won't allow me to take a life'
When Bear Grylls hands Prime Minister Narendra Modi a spear to deal with potential tigers, the latter says, "My values won't allow me to take a life."
'I decided to go to the Himalayas since I liked nature'
"At the age of 17-18, I left my home to understand the world better. I decided to go to the Himalayas since I liked nature. Those moments drive me till date," says Narendra Modi.
'My job is to keep you alive'
'You are the most important man in India. My job is to keep you alive,' Bear Grylls tells Narendra Modi.
Grylls and Modi make a spear
Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Narendra Modi make an improvised spear to tackle tigers.
'I used to use dew drops to make soap'
"I was born in a very ordinary family. We were very poor, but my life has always been very connected with nature. In winter, I used to use the dew drops to make soap since we couldn't afford an actual soap," says Narendra Modi.
'If we live in harmony with nature, nothing can go wrong'
"I don't think we should consider this experience dangerous. If we live in harmony with nature, nothing can go wrong," says Narendra Modi.
PM Modi bats for Jim Corbett National Park
"Jim Corbett National Park is a great place for people to experience nature. People who are interested in the environment and its issues should come and visit this lovely place," says Narendra Modi.
Modi welcomes Grylls
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Bear Grylls to India.
Narendra Modi is excited about the wildlife trip
I am happy that I am getting a chance to spend this time in the wildlife with Bear Grylls, says Narendra Modi.
Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Modi begins
Bear Grylls kicks off the episode with a trek across Uttarakhand’s Jim Corbett National Park.
When and where to watch Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and PM Modi
Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Modi will be telecast on Discovery Channel, Discovery HD World, Animal Planet, Animal Planet HD World, TLC, TLC HD World, JEET Prime, JEET Prime HD, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Kids and DTamil on August 12 at 9 pm.
Akshay will be watching Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and PM Modi
Akshay Kumar posted on Twitter, "Besides being a unique show high on adventure and adrenaline, it will also shed light upon pressing issues like climate change and ways to protect our planet. Looking forward to watching our Hon. PM @narendramodi ji on Man Vs Wild with @BearGrylls tonight at 9 pm on @DiscoveryIN"
Here's a sneak peek of Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and PM Modi