L.K. Advani was born on 8 November
1927 in Karachi. At a very young age of fourteen, Advani dedicated
himself to serve the nation by joining the Rashtriya Swayamsevak
Sangh (RSS). In September 1947, he made his final exodus from
Karachi amidst the tragic events surrounding India’s
Partition. His political journey began in 1951, when Dr Syama
Prasad Mookerjee founded the Jana Sangh. The party’s
ideologue and Chief Organiser, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya,
was a major influence on his ideology and idealism.
Advani was elected President of the Jana Sangh in 1973.
He was incarcerated in jail for nineteen months during the
Emergency, along with thousands of pro-democracy activists
who fought under the leadership of Jayaprakash Narayan.
He was the Information & Broadcasting Minister in the
Janata Party government in 1977-79. He has also served as
the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the
longest period since its inception in 1980. Advani was India’s
Home Minister (1998-2004) and Deputy Prime Minister (2002-04)
in the Vajpayee government. A Member of Parliament since
1970, and recepient of the ‘Award for Outstanding
Parliamentarian’, he is currently Leader of the Opposition
in the Lok Sabha.
L.K. Advani is widely regarded as a national leader who
combines intellectualism, integrity and mass appeal.
Advani has been chosen by the BJP and the National Democratic
Alliance (NDA) as their prime ministerial candidate for
the 2009 parliamentary elections.