Bharat Ratna 2024: Top 10 Facts about LK Advani
Lal Krishna Advani was born on November 8, 1927, in Karachi, which was then a part of British India (now in Pakistan).
He began his political career as a volunteer for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and later joined the Janata Party in the mid-1970s.
Advani played a crucial role in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, aimed at the construction of a temple at the birthplace of Lord Rama in Ayodhya.
He served as the Deputy Prime Minister of India from 2002 to 2004 under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Advani held the position of the Union Home Minister from 1999 to 2004.
In 2019, there was a controversy surrounding his name being proposed for the Bharat Ratna due to his association with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement and the Babri Masjid demolition.
L.K. Advani served as the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party from 1986 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 1998.
In 2005, Advani sparked controversy by expressing admiration for Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, during a visit to Pakistan.
After the BJP's defeat in the 2009 general elections, Advani resigned from the post of Leader of Opposition.
Apart from politics, Advani is also known for his writings. He authored his autobiography titled "My Country My Life.