Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared in an episode of “Man vs Wild” alongside survivalist Bear Grylls on Monday night.
The episode appears to be an untimely publicity stunt as the Indian government continues to limit Kashmir’s access to food and the internet for the ninth consecutive day.
Since Modi became prime minister in 2014, his government has spent more than $700 million on cultivating his strongman image.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appeared on “Man vs Wild,” the British survivalist Bear Grylls’ show, while his country continues to choke off Kashmir’s access to food and the internet for the ninth consecutive day.
In the episode, broadcast by Discovery Channel India on Monday night, Modi built makeshift rafts and discussed growing up in a poor family as he and Grylls crossed a river at the Jim Corbett National Park in northern India, The Guardian reported.
While it’s not clear how far in advance the episode was filmed, its Monday airing seems an untimely publicity stunt as Modi’s government continues to cut off Kashmir from the rest of the world.
Indian security forces have blocked off most major roads, and cut off phone and internet lines around the region — a common strategy to prevent large protests and the spread of information critical of authorities.
Some journalists on the ground have been offered satellite phones for 100,000 rupees ($1,400) so they can keep reporting.
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This crackdown came after the Indian government removed a constitutional provision that had guaranteed the independence of the Jammu and Kashmir region to make its own laws, and prevented outsiders from buying property or seeking government jobs in the mostly-Muslim region.
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