Netas biggest risk to cheetahs, stop them, Modi tells volunteers | India News

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KUNO: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday told ‘Cheetah Mitras’ — local villagers roped in for the protection of cheetahs at Kuno — not to allow anyone, politicians and journalists included, into the sanctuary until the cheetahs are acclimatized.
“Do you know what is the biggest danger, your biggest challenge in protecting cheetahs,” PM Modi asked the volunteers. “It’s netas. People like me. You should stop them. If I come, too, you must say no (laughter broke out). And if any relative of mine comes here, taking my name, you shouldn’t let them enter. The ‘breaking news’ guys will also try to come. You should say no to everyone until public viewing of cheetahs can be allowed,” the PM said.
Modi started by asking the Cheetah Mitras if they understood their responsibility and what was expected of them. “To protect cheetahs,” they said in unison. “How will you do it,” the PM asked. Some of them said: “If a cheetah leaves the forest and moves towards villages, we will protect it.”
The PM then asked them: “Do you think animals are a threat to humans or the other way round?” The Cheetah Mitras replied it’s humans who are a threat to animals. “So you need to convince humans, not animals,” he said. The PM also asked them how to differentiate between leopards and cheetahs, and the volunteers readily explained the unique patterns and differences in spots. Modi reminded them of the importance of protecting the cheetahs. “We had to wait 75 years for this,” he said.
He also narrated his own experience of protecting the Gir lions when he was the CM of Gujarat.

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