My Country My Life is
an extraordinary selfportrait of India’s leading political
personality — L.K. Advani. As an immigrant who was forced
to abandon his beloved Sindh, which became a part of Pakistan
after India was partitioned at the time of Independence in
1947 on the basis of the communally inspired ‘Two Nation’
theory, Advani gives a poignant first-person account of that
tragedy. With a career spanning six decades as a political
activist in post-1947 India, during which he has been a ring-side
viewer of, and participant in, almost all the major socio-political
developments in India, Advani is uniquely qualified to offer
a perspective on Independent India’s political evolution.
The apogee of Advani’s achievement was his seminal contribution,
together with his senior colleague Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to
ending the Congress party’s dominance over India’s
polity by building the Bharatiya Janata Party as a viable
alternative for governing India.
The book provides a riveting, insightful and assertive account
of Advani’s fight for democracy during the Emergency,
his Ram Rath Yatra for the reconstruction of a Ram Temple
at Ayodhya that resulted in the biggest mass movement in India
since Independence and catalysed a nationwide debate on the
true meaning of secularism, and his years as India’s
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister in the Vajpayee-led
government of the National Democratic Alliance between 1998-2004.
My Country My Life is a testimony to what Advani’s
admirers as well as his critics have always known about him:
he has the gift of clarity of thought, strong convictions
and forceful articulation. This is a candid reflection on
himself, his party and his nation that is likely to engage
readers in a tour de force with India’s leading statesman.
In a country where political memoirs, especially by those
who are still active in politics, are rare, this book is a