LK Advani is known to the world as a family man. What remained
unknown was the fact that his book My Country My Life was
the outcome of the constant nudging from his wife Kamala
to take up the pen and narrate his and the country’s
political journey over the past six decades.
In the book, Advani maintains his stand on the Jinnah controversy
and narrates the deep anguish he felt when the party refused
to support him after the controversy erupted. He also states
that he regrets the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
On Tuesday, at a function held at Rangsharda (Bandra) to
promote his book, , which was launched on March 19 in Delhi,
the former deputy prime minister publicly acknowledged that
his book was the brainchild of his family members. It was
possible because of the strength and support he derived
from wife Kamala, daughter Pratibha, son Jayant and daughter-in-law
Geetika, he said.
“From food to finance, everything is looked after
by Kamala. I can’t do anything without her. I am not
even aware about my monthly salaries and tax returns,”
“I am proud because they have never taken advantage
of my position (political powers). Pratibha, my daughter,
is in media and she has consciously taken a decision not
to interview anyone related to politics,” he stated.
He then became nostalgic, as he went down the memory lane
recalling his association with the founder of Jana Sangh,
Deendayal Updhayay. He described Updhayay as “absolutely
“At the age of 14, I joined the RSS. I consider this
as the most significant turning point in my life,”
His detractors have often labelled him as communal, a hawk
and as someone who is hankering for the prime ministerial
post. But to his followers, Advani is a perfectionist, who
exposed pseudo-secularism and gave a new meaning to the
Constitutional term (secularism).
“I have no complaints in life. I have a great sense
of fulfillment,” he said.
It is often said Advani’s greatest ambition is to
become the prime minister of India. At the function he downplayed
the issue. Admitting that his goal is to see India ranked
number one on the world map, he said this is possible, as
the GenerationNext has tremendous potential to help the
country become a super power.
“We came into public life with a mission, but the
present generation is seeing politics as a profession,”
Advani said. “Therefore, we need people with professional
integrity. Though the younger generation has got a lot of
talent and ability, they lack values.”
Several dignitaries from various walks of life, including
film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, former governor
PC Alexander, former commissioner of police Arvind Inamdar,
Uddhav Thackeray’s wife Rashmi Thackeray, attended