"Kuch baat hai ki hasti mit ti nahi hamari, sadiyon se raha hai dushman daur-e-zaman hamara (there is something because of which our existence is not affected, otherwise for centuries there have been forces inimical to us)," PM Modi quoted while addressing a small gathering on the occasion.
"The world map has changed. Many nations have perished but our Bharat, our Hindustan, is marching ahead with the mantra of 'sabka sath, sabka vikas' (cooperation of all, development for all)," he added.
His comments coincided with the news about Pakistani troops beheading two Indian soldiers after crossing the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
He also invoked Ramanujacharya to condemn the practice of untouchability on the basis of caste and religion.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Get Breaking news, live coverage, and Latest News from India and around the world on NDTV.com. Catch all the Live TV action on NDTV 24x7 and NDTV India. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates.