Overview for My Country My Life
My Country My Life is an extraordinary self-portrait of India's leading political personality â€“L.K. Advani. As an immigrant who was forced to abandon his beloved Sindh, which became a part of Pakistan after India was partitioned 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 Indiaâ€™s political evolution. The apogee of Advani's achievement was his seminal contribution, together with his senior colleague Atal Bihari Vajpayee, towards 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 the ram temple at Ayodhya that resulted in the biggest mass movement in Independent 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 admires as well as his critics have always known him for: 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 landmark.
L.K. Advani (Author)
Lal Krishna 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 Swayamsevaks Sangh (RSS). In September 1947, he made his final exodus from Karachi amidst the tragic events surrounding Indiaâ€™s Partition. His political journey began in 1951, when Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee founded the Jana Sangh. The partyâ€™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 narayuan. He was the Information & Broadcasting Minister in the Janata Party government in 1977-79. He has also served as the President of the BJP for the longest period since its inception in 1980. Advani was Indiaâ€™s Home Minister (1998-2004) and deputy prime Minister (2002-04) in the Vajpayee government. A Member of Parliament since 1970, and recipient 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.