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    The Discovery Channel special Bear Grylls' "Man Vs Wild", featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi became a super hit, with the episode garnering 6.1 million tune-ins, the highest-ever for the infotainment genre. The 2019 episode has seen 30 million views on YouTube.

    A tweet by British television adventurer Bear Grylls about one of his "favourite photos", taken with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has gone viral, garnering over 13,000 re-tweets within hours of being posted. 

    The picture was taken during the shoot of his popular programme "Man vs Wild" on the Discovery Channel in 2019. The episode featuring Modi had seen the highest ever tune-ins, with over 6 million.

    Shooting for the programme, however, came at a tense moment because of a deadly attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district at the same time. It is one of the deadliest terror attacks in the nation's history. Some 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed when a convoy of vehicles carrying Indian security personnel on the Jammu–Srinagar national highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber.  

    The attack brought India and Pakistan to the brink of a war in February 2019.

    The tweet has brought back memories of the Pulwama attack and has stoked strong reactions from people on Twitter.

    Leaders of the Indian National Congress, opposition in the parliament, had alleged that Modi did not halt the shoot despite receiving information about the attack, which occurred at 3:10 p.m. (local time), and continued to shoot for the Discovery episode until 7:00 p.m. 

    At a press conference on 21 February 2019 Congress party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "When the nation was in shock after the Pulwama terror attack, PM Narendra Modi was shooting a documentary on a boat ride till evening. After the shoot, he stopped for refreshments in the circuit house when the nation was mourning the death of its soldiers. It is terrible that our jawans were martyred and PM Modi was busy in his publicity, photoshoot,and tea snacks".

    Bear Grylls' tweet also received appreciation from several netizens rallying for the government and its policies which are under attack due to the ongoing protests by farmers. Thousands of farmers have been camping on New Delhi's borders for the past 72 days demanding that a series of agricultural laws passed by the Modi government be repealed. 

    The international community, including the United Nations and celebrities like Rihanna, have commented on the ongoing protests in India.


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