Lal Krishna Advani also called as LK Advani began his political career when he joined the RSS as a swayamsevak in 1942. Advani served as the Minister of Home Affairs in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government from 1998 to 2004. Later, he went on to become the Deputy Prime Minister of India under the able leadership of late Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 2002 to 2004.
Lal Krishna Advani was born on November 8th 1972 in Karachi (Present-day Pakistan) under British India. Did you know? LK Advani and former Pakistan Army chief Pervez Musharraf both studied at St. Patricks High School, Karachi.
Fun fact: LK Advani stood first in every class during his schooling days at St. Patricks High School until matriculation.
LK Advani's paternal grandfather Dharamdas Khubchand Advani was a Sanskrit scholar and principal of a government high school. Advani's younger sister Sheela who is six years younger to him lives in Mumbai. Did you know? LK Advani grew up in a joint family and he has as many as thirty-four first cousins!
In the file photo, Nitin Gadkari and Lal Krishna Advani in a meeting with the late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.
Did you know? Having born under the British India rule, Advani saw India being divided into two countries which led to forced migration and Advani leaving Karachi where he spent precious 20 years of his life.
In the file photo, Former Deputy Prime Minister of India Lalkrishna Advani is seen giving his blessing to ten-month-old Prachiti Sawant, daughter of Parag Sawant who was injured in the 7/11 bombblast attacks and went into coma. Advani is seen consoling the victims of the 7/11 bombblast attacks at Ganshyamdas Saraf Vidyalaya in Malad (W).
Five years after joining the RSS, in 1947 Advani became the Secretary of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh. Advani was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in the year 1970. It was under the leadership of LK Advani that BJP had become the political face of the Ram Janmabhoomi campaign.
In the file photo, Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, opposition leader in the Lok Sabha L K Advani,(L) former Defence Minister George Fernandes, BJP President Rajnath Singh(R) and other leaders during the meeting of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in New Delhi.
Did you know? LK Advani's residence 'Lal Cottage' which a single-storeyed bungalow was built soon after his birth and was named after him. Back in the day, Advani's family also owned a horse-driven Victoria which was considered as a status symbol in those days.
LK Advani loves reading books, eating chocolates and watching cricket. But did you know that besides being a well-known politician, Advani has read all books written by K.M. Munshi.
Fun fact: LK Advani is also a writer and author and has penned down a book titled "My Country, My Life" that has claimed to 1,000,000 copies.
Did you know? On June 6, 1975, LK Advani was arrested from Bangalore during the emergency situation and was taken to Bangalore central jail along with other members of Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS).
LK Advani was a former movie critic and a lover of films. He has closely seen the evolution of Hindi Cinema. Fun fact: Lata Mangeshkar is Advani's all-time favourite singer.
Did you know? LK Advani was charged in a scandal where he used to allegedly receive payments through hawala brokers.
In 2015, LK Advani was awarded Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honour by former President Pranab Mukherjee.
A handful of politicians of independent India are credited for bringing about a paradigm shift in the political history of our country, LK Advani is one of them. LK Advani was born to Kishinchand Advani and Gyanidevi in Karachi which is situated in present-day Pakistan. Hailing from a highly respected traditional family, Advani is known for his intellect and interest in studies, books, and movies and theatre. But after joining RSS Swayamsevak there has been no turning back for one of the longest-serving BJP politicians in the country. As LK Advani celebrates his 91st birthday, we bring you some trivia about the politician
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