Mr. Lal Krishna Advani, born on Nov 8th is a former president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He committed nearly sixty years of his life in politics, Advani has been one of the foremost voices of BJP. Mr. Advani has served as the 7th Deputy Prime Minister of India from 2002 to 2004, under the ordinance of Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Advani started his career in politics as a volunteer of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, he is credited for the rise of BJP.
Unifying the “Hindutva ideology”, Advani organized six long-distance rath yatras across the country in 1987. The first Rath yatra from Somnath (Gujarat) to Ayodhya highlighted the Mandir-Masjid disputes centered around Ram Janmabhoomi, serving the purpose of propagating Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid disputes. Advani is one among the main accused of instigating rioters into demolishing the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya.
Recently, when the court was supposed to announce it’s the final verdict on the demolition of Babri-Masjid, Advani being the one of the main accused was asked to be present in the court, however, he couldn’t attend the court due to his health issues, he was seen carrying out his proceedings through video conferencing where he said,” I wholeheartedly accept the judgment by the special court in Babri Masjid demolition case. The judgment justifies my personal and BJP’s belief and commitment toward the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.” However, it was proved that Advani with several other accused was present on the stage at the time of the incident (demolition of Babri Masjid).
Mr. Advani has an autobiographical book named, “ My country, My life”, he wrote in his book in 2008–
The choice of Somnath as the starting point of the yatra had a powerful symbolic value, made evident by repeated references to it as the target of Muslim tyranny against the Hindus…The intention was to contextualize Ayodhya in the historical lineage of Muslim aggression and then to seek legitimacy for Mandir movement by drawing a parallel. The parallel the Sangh Parivar drew was with the reconstruction of the Somnath temple.
— L. K. Advani, My Country My Life