Speaking at the NCC rally, the prime minister said it brought back memories of his childhood when he was a cadet of the National Cadet Corps (NCC).
The prime minister revealed that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, BJP's Delhi chief minister candidate Kiran Bedi and actor turned MP Jaya Bachchan were all NCC cadets.
"I was also an NCC cadet but was never selected to come to Delhi," he said.
"I am standing in front of a mini-India, a miniature of India's future. Our country is full of diversities, and unity in diversity is the beauty and strength of our nation. And this is what keeps inspiring us," he added.
"We are blessed that we are youthful nation. Our dreams are young, our energy is young."