Firebrand VHP leader Sadhvi Ritambhara, who arrived in Indore on Monday to record her statements as plaintiff in the civil suit she filed against former chief minister Digvijay Singh and 26 officials for wrongfully detaining her under Section 151 of IPC following her fiery speech in Dewas district in April 1995, spoke to Hindustan Times on various issues. Excerpts
Do you think Sadhvi Uma Bharti’s ouster from BJP would have any impact?
All Hindu forces should unite in the interest of nation. If Hindu forces fall apart, it’s the country’s misfortune. She (Uma Bharti) exercises considerable hold over masses. It is in the interest of nation that all the Hindu forces accept the challenges facing the nation instead of allowing any differences to crop up among themselves.
What are those challenges?
Caste-based politics, terrorism, religious conversion under garb of humanitarian service, corruption and creation of a situation where people feel alienated in their own home. Something what has happened in Jammu and Kashmir. Bharat is incomplete without Jammu and Kashmir. Can one think of a body without a head?
What according to you is future of Hindus?
We have been a ‘Vishwa guru’ (world leaders). It is important that we identify our skin disease and make efforts to cure it. It’s important that we think about the nation as a whole.
You no longer deliver fiery speeches. Has the vigour gone?
Its very much there. Mera tej, mera oj mere saath hai.
Do you expect justice in the case you filed against Digvijay Singh?
Yes. My arrest was an attempt of feudalistic forces to crush the freedom of expression by misusing the government machinery. It’s a democracy, where a common man has an equal say.