He said "for the last few years, I have started describing myself as the son of India. A few years ago, some Chinese media came and asked why I say so. I told them that each part of my brain is filled with Nalanda thoughts.
Referring to secularism, he said "I am fully committed to promote communal harmony. It is understandable that there are some mischievous people who cause trouble." He said that the only way to reduce differences and problems was to consider (that) "we are all human beings."
Releasing the Assamese version of his autobiography 'My Land and My People' in the same event, he said he was optimistic about a non-violent and peaceful world.
"I don't know whether in my lifetime I will see any big change, but I am optimistic. Through education, the next generation will realise and bring compassion and love. The future of humanity depends on humanity itself, not on God," he added.
"If Mohammad, Buddha, Mahavir reappear today, then they will ask who created violence? Not God, you created. So it is your responsibility to end violence," he said.
Criticising the caste system, he said "in Indian caste system, people from lower caste are always less privileged. Emotionally they always feel inferior. It is very bad. We have to change this".