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‘My job is to keep you alive’: Bear Grylls takes Indian PM Modi on jungle adventure (VIDEO)

‘My job is to keep you alive’: Bear Grylls takes Indian PM Modi on jungle adventure (VIDEO)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Monday that he will be testing his mettle against the forces of nature, accompanied by the world famous former SAS trooper Bear Grylls, on the latter’s show ‘Man vs. Wild.’

A 45-second trailer was released to promote the show, which the Discovery Channel describes as a “frank and freewheeling journey,” due to air on August 12. The channel expects it to be broadcast in 180 countries.

In the clip, the Indian PM embraces his wilderness setting, rowing a boat and crafting an improvised spear. Modi stares at his hand-made weapon and says: “I will keep this with me for you,” to which Grylls replies: “You are the most important man in India, my job is to keep you alive.”

Shot in Uttarakhand’s Jim Corbett National Park, the PM’s adventure is an effort to boost awareness of both animal conservation and environmental causes like climate change. 

Grylls said he was “truly honored” to accompany Modi through the Indian wilderness, but he is no stranger to high-profile guests, having previously hosted Barack Obama on the show. 

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Twitter users were effusive in their praise for Modi’s adventurous spirit upon the hearing news, hailing his participation as “awesome!!” and saying the PM is “the coolest on this planet”. Others questioned Modi’s television appearance, citing a worryingly high unemployment rate as more worthy of his attention. 

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