We are the land of Mahatma Gandhi. What can be a greater tribute to Mahatma Gandhi than this?
Releasing a special postal stamp and commemorative coin to mark 150th birth anniversary of Shrimad Rajchandra, he said that thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi have the power to mitigate challenges the world is facing today.
"Let's us all work together. Let's create an India our freedom fighters would be proud of", he said.
Modi expressed his "pain and anguish at the current environment" in India, listing incidents of vigilante violence. "And, I will never forget the love Rajkot has showered upon me", he said.
PM Modi's remarks today were made at Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat
Addressing a town hall meeting here in August 2016, Modi had declared that "pseudo-gau-rakshaks" were indulging in anti-social activities.
Many Hindus consider the cow a sacred animal and cow slaughter is banned in several states.
Reports of violence unleashed by cow protectors have poured in from across India - from Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur and Gujarat's Una to Odisha's Bhubaneswar. Earlier this week, a group of people on a train killed 16-year-old Junaid Khan, who was travelling home to his village in Haryana with his brother and two cousins after doing some shopping in Delhi ahead of Eid.
Critics and opposition politicians have accused Modi of failing to condemn the violence and the so-called cow protection groups, some with links to his party, accused of fomenting the attacks, a charge the prime minister's Bharatiya Janata Party denies.
"We welcome this but action is needed on the ground", wrote Fauzan Alavi, secretary of the All India Meat and Livestock Exporters Association, who said that strong directives should be issued from Modi's government to local governments and law enforcement officials. Pehlu was transporting cows with a valid documents in a van.