Father:Kishanchand D. Advani
Mother:Kishanchand D. Advani.
Education:D.G. National College in Hyderabad, Sindh for his education. He later graduated with a degree from the Government Law College, Bombay University
Born November 8, 1927 (1927-11-08) (age 81)
Karachi, British India
Political party :Bharatiya Janata Party
Children: Pratibha Advani, Jayant Advani
Alma mater:Bombay University
L.K.Advani began his career when he joined the RSS in 1942. He later became the president of the organization's Karachi branch. In 1947, Advani was sent to Mewat in Rajasthan, which had witnessed communal violence following partition, to oversee the affairs of the RSS.
The rise of the BJP
Advani became the president of the BJP in 1986. He gradually brought in a shift in the party's policies by advocating Hindutva and subsequently, the party came to power in several Indian states. The period that followed also witnessed a change in Indian politics with the Congress party and especially its Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi getting embroiled in the Bofors scandal. After the elections, the Congress lost and the BJP decided to support a coalition headed by V P Singh.
Prime Minister candidacy
In an interview with a news channel in December 2006, L.K. Advani stated that as the Leader of the Opposition in a parliamentary democracy, he considered himself as the Prime Ministerial candidate for the general elections, scheduled for early 2009. This public revelation irritated some of his colleagues who were not supportive of his candidacy.
A major factor going in favor of Advani was that he had always been the most powerful leader in the BJP with the exception of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who endorsed Advani's candidacy shortly after the interview was done. On 2 May 2007, BJP President Rajnath Singh, in an interview, stated that: "After Atal there is only Advani. Advani is the natural choice. It is he who should be PM". On 10 December 2007, the Parliamentary Board of BJP formally announced that L. K. Advani would be its prime ministerial candidate for the General Elections due in 2009.
In 2008, Advani released an autobiography, My Country, My Life. The book was published by Rupa & Co.and released by former Indian president Abdul Kalam on March 19, 2008.