"Mahatma Gandhi had once said that all religions are true, but they are not perfect. Through  this he is saying that each religion can learn from another religion. A nation which is called so diverse which has millions of gods and over 700 languages,” he said.

"Now they are saying that you are a traitor. So if I am a traitor let me say something. At present in India, I don't know how RSS will harm Islam, but it will certainly destroy Hinduism," he said, delivering a public lecture on the occasion of the Constitution Day at the Gandhi Peace Foundation here.

A vociferous critic of the policies of the PM Narendra Modi-led Central government, Vajpeyi has been under attack by the Sangh parivar for returning his Sahitya Akademi award to protest rising intolerance in the country.

Referring to the recent controversy over the statements made by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, he said,"There is a difference between the nation and its government. The nation is larger than the  government. Protesting against the government doesn't mean one is protesting against the nation."

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