Bharat Ratna for LK Advani What Makes Him Worth This Honour

Bharat Ratna for LK Advani: What Makes Him Worth This Honour?



  • Who is Lal Krishna Advani? Why has PM Modi announced the Bharat Ratna for LK Advani?
  • What are some unknown facts about LK Advani? Besides being a politician, what other roles did he serve?
  • How have other political leaders reacted to the announcement of Bharat Ratna for LK Advani?

The highest civilian award in India, the Bharat Ratna, has long been related to honouring remarkable contributions to the progress and development of the country. In the recent news, the Prime Minister announced that LK Advani will receive the illustrious Bharat Ratna Award. 

L.K. Advani expressed his humility and thanks, saying that the distinction represents his journey, values, and beliefs he has sincerely upheld throughout his remarkable career. 

“I am very happy to share that Shri LK Advani Ji will be conferred the Bharat Ratna. I also spoke to him and congratulated him on being conferred this honour. One of the most respected statesmen of our times, his contribution to the development of India is monumental,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote in a social media post on X.

PM Modi announces Bharat Ratna for LK Advani

The 96-year-old BJP stalwart said that receiving the Bharat Ratna is “not only an honour for me as a person but also for ideals and principles that I strove to serve.”

Defence Minister  Rajnath Singh also reacted and said, “The decision to award Bharat Ratna to the revered Lal Krishna Advani ji, an inspiration to all of us and a senior leader of the country, has brought great joy and happiness. He is a symbol of purity, dedication and determination in politics.”

Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal also reacted by saying, “Many congratulations and best wishes to senior leader Lal Krishna Advani ji on the announcement of the Bharat Ratna award. I pray to God that he always remains healthy and lives long.”

Who is L.K. Advani?

Lal Krishna Advani was born on November 8, 1927, in Karachi, which is now in Pakistan. He is an Indian politician who was the founding member of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). Moreover, L.K. Advani has served as the Indian Prime Minister from 2002-2004. After graduating from D.G. National College in Hyderabad, he studied law at the Government Law College in Mumbai. Additionally, he joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and took charge of its activities in Rajasthan in 1947.

Name Lal Krishna Advani
Born 8 November 1927
Political Party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse Kamla Advani
Children Pratibha Advani (daughter)
Jayant Advani (son)

What Are The Unknown Facts About LK Advani?

  • LK Advani has been an RSS member since 1942. He co-founded the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and served as Home Affairs Minister in the NDA government (1998-2004). He later became India’s Deputy Prime Minister in 2002 under Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government.
  • Born during British rule, Advani has seen India’s partition. He was forced to migrate from Karachi. He and former Pakistan Army chief Pervez Musharraf have studied at the same school- St. Patrick’s High School. He settled in Mumbai post-migration.
  • Besides being a politician, he also served as a teacher at Model High School, Karachi in 1944.
  • LK Advani has authored ‘My Country, My Life’. The avid reader has covered all the works by KM Munshi and enjoys reading, watching cricket, and spending time with family.
  • He was married to Kamla in 1965, Advani has a son, Jayant, and a daughter, Pratibha. In 2015, he received the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honour, from President Pranab Mukherjee.

Why L.K. Advani will get Bharat Ratna award?

LK Advani with family

LK Advani will receive the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, in recognition of his exceptional contribution to Indian politics and society. This honour marks his decades-long dedication to Indian politics and his influence on the country’s political landscape.

As Prime Minister Modi said, “One of the most respected statesmen of our times, his contribution to the development of India is monumental. His is a life that started from working at the grassroots to serving the nation as our Deputy Prime Minister.”

The Prime Minister also talked about Advani’s role as the Home Minister and Information and Broadcasting Minister as well. He further said that  Advani’s parliamentary interventions have always been exemplary and full of rich insights.

What is Bharat Ratna Award?

‘Bharat Ratna’ is the highest civilian award in the country. It was instituted in the year 1954. The award recognises exceptional service or performance of the highest order in any field. Many popular personalities like Sachin Tendulkar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Bhimsen Joshi, APJ Abdul Kalam, Govind Ballabh Pant, Rajendra Prasad,
Mother Teresa, Dhondo Keshav Karve and many more have received this honour.

How many Indians have got the Bharat Ratna?

48 Indians have received the Bharat Ratna.

How many Prime Ministers won Bharat Ratna?

Lal Bahadur Shastri, Atal Bihari Bajpayee, Indira Gandhi, Moraji Desai, Jawahar Lal Nehru, and Gulzarilal Nanda.

Who is the First winner of Bharat Ratna award?

First person to get the Bharat Ratna award

The first Bharat Ratna was awarded to Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, Sir C.V. Raman, and Chakravarti Rajagopalachari in 1954. The youngest Bharat Ratna Award recipient is Sachin Tendulkar.

Who won Bharat Ratna in 2023?

No person has won the Bharat Ratna award between 2020 and 2023.

Who is the first international person to receive the Bharat Ratna?

first international person to receive the Bharat Ratna

The first international person to receive the Bharat Ratna was Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan in 1987 to honour his devotion and contribution to the country. He was a  strong supporter of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi).

The Bottom Line

The BJP’s founder and seasoned politician, L.K. Advani, will be honoured with the Bharat Ratna award in recognition of his contribution to India. Advani, who was born in Karachi, gained popularity in politics for several reasons. 

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