New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday exhorted his listeners, who are planning to raise a pet dog, to adopt one of the Indian breeds.
In the latest address of Mann ki Baat, Modi said, ‘The next time you think of raising a pet dog, consider bringing home one of these Indian breeds. At a time when Atmanirbhar Bharat is becoming a mantra of the people, how can any domain be left untouched by its influence?’
He talked about Sophie and Vida, the dogs of the Indian Army who have been awarded the Chief of Army Staff ‘Commendation Cards’.
He said that armed forces and security forces have many such brave dogs who have played a very important role in thwarting numerous bomb blasts and terrorist conspiracies.
He gave several other examples helping sniff out ammunition and IED, and also mentioned the Beed Police who recently gave their canine colleague Rocky, who had helped the police in solving over 300 cases, a final farewell with all due respect.
Discussing the Indian breed of dogs, the Prime Minister said they cost less to raise and are better adapted to the Indian environment and surroundings and said that ‘our security agencies are also inducting these Indian breed dogs as part of their security squad’.
‘Among the Indian breeds, Mudhol Hound and Himachali Hound are of excellent pedigree. Rajapalayam, Kanni, Chippiparai, and Kombai are fabulous Indian breeds. They cost less to raise and are better adapted to the Indian environment and surroundings,’ he maintained.
Research on the Indian breed dogs is also being done by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research with the aim to make them better and more beneficial, he noted.
Modi said dogs also have a significant role in Disaster Management and Rescue Missions. In India, NDRF, the National Disaster Response Force has specially trained dozens of dogs.
‘In the event of an earthquake, building collapse, these dogs are experts in searching out people trapped under debris,’ he maintained.