Prime Minister of India in a freshly brewed episode of Man Vs Wild walked the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarkhand with the host Bear Grylls. The 1-hour episode had the two barons sharing their thoughts on personal hygiene and the need to conserve forest and wildlife.
Here are the key highlights from the episode:
Is Nature Dangerous?
Venturing into the woods is dangerous, however, as per PM Modi, one can thwart the possibility of incoming danger by letting the “nature be”. In an introductory tone, when Bear Grylls spoke about the danger that surrounds them in the national park, Narendra Modi in a reply expressed his thoughts on the same. PM said “we should not consider this place dangerous. If we go against nature, everything becomes dangerous, even humans. But if we cooperate with nature, then nature cooperates with us.”
Talking about woods, established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Jim Corbett is India’s oldest and most prestigious National Park. The National park is spread across an extent of 520 square kilometers and comprises of hills, marshy depressions, riverine belts, grasslands and a large lake. It is among the few tiger reserves in India that allow overnight stays.
Interestingly, as the PM and Grylls ventured deeper into the woods, PM Modi took a trip down the memory lane, to recall his closeness with nature since childhood. Modi shared how he used to use soil as a detergent in his younger years. He said, “So, in winter the dew drops that would form on the ground would create a layer of salt on the ground. We would take out that layer of soil, bring it back home and keep it. And we would use it as a detergent to wash our clothes.”
Further, he went on to reveal a strange incident from his childhood days when he brought a baby crocodile home. He shared that once while bathing in a pond, he spotted a crocodile lurking in the bushes and brought it home.
From that day to this, Modi’s soft corner for animals is still intact and visible through his actions. That’s why when Grylls handed Modi a spear to protect himself from unfortunate incidents he said, “Bear, my beliefs don’t allow me to kill. But for your safety, I’ll keep it with me.” He added, “God takes care of everyone. Leave it to God, and you will never face any problem.”
For facts, the Jim Corbett National Park rich in both flora and fauna is home to more than 600 species of plants. These include grass, ferns, climbers, herbs, shrubs, trees and bamboos. Besides, the park accommodates animals including, Royal Bengal Tigers, Asiatic elephant, Sloth Bear, Yellow-throated Marten, King Cobra, Ghariyal and many more.
Moreover, promoting a good cause on an international show, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the importance of hygiene and increasing awareness of cleanliness in India. “Only the people of India can make India clean. Personal hygiene is in the culture of people. But we need to develop the habit of social hygiene. Mahatma Gandhi has done a lot of work on it and recently we are getting good success in this. I believe India will succeed in this very soon.” He said.
To conclude, PM Modi thanked Grylls for paying a visit to India and said, “I believe that through this programme especially the young generation of the world when they watch this, they will want to come to India. India will become a great tourist destination, for nature, for wildlife.”