'Hindus have fought for almost 500 years for the land and today our dream has been realised.'
Accused of inciting the kar sevaks along with Lal Kishenchand Advani, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Ashok Singhal, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and other leaders for demolishing the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya, Sadhvi Ritambhara has a first information report against her name in the case and is currently facing trial.
The Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, Ritambhara tells Rediff.com's Prasanna D Zore, is a victory for the kar sevaks who died for the cause.
Are you happy with the verdict?
Hindus have fought for almost 500 years for the land and today our dream has been realised.
The Supreme Court has delivered a historic judgment and we are so happy right now that I can't describe my happiness. I don't know how to express my happiness and excitement.
We have worked religiously to realise this dream and have sacrificed the lives of our brave brothers and sisters. Their sacrifice and dedication have become successful today.
What makes me happiest is that the Supreme Court has accepted that it (the disputed site) is the Ram Janambhoomi and that a grand temple of Ram Lalla should be built there.
What was your role in the Ram Janambhoomi movement?
My participation was limited to being a true activist for the Shri Ram Janambhoomi movement; my contribution was as small as a squirrel's size.
I was given the responsibility to raise awareness about the dispute across India and I did that religiously.
Who would you give credit for this judgment in favour of the Hindu parties to the dispute?
I would give credit of this judgment to the millions of our countrymen and women who fought this battle for justice and truth. This success is the result of hard work of our people.
The first credit must be given to the people who refused to accept the ownership of the Ram Janambhoomi. I don't know how many mothers and sisters had to sacrifice their sons and brothers for the sake of the Ram Janambhoomi.
This judgment is the consequence of their perseverance and sacrifice.
The judgment called the Babri Masjid demolition illegal.
I would not like to offer any comment on an issue that is sub-judice.
The court also observed that the installation of Ram Lalla inside the dome was illegal.
I have full respect and honour for the verdict. I can only say this judgment has created history and paved the way for the construction of the Ram Lalla Mandir in Ayodhya. We are enjoying the moment.
Would you be going to Ayodhya to build the temple?
We are bound by the decision our organisation makes. I will follow whatever my organisation asks me to do.