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, LK Advani was conferred with the Bharat Ratna Award by President Droupadi Murmu at his residence in Delhi.

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. 

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.”

LK Advani Conferred with Bharat Ratna Award by President Droupadi Murmu

LK Advani confered with Bharat Ratna by President Draupadi Murmu

President Droupadi Murmu conferred LK Advani with the Bharat Ratna Award at his residence in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and the family members of LK Advani attended the formal ceremony. LK Advani served as the deputy prime minister from June 2022 to May 2004, and Union Home Minister from October 1999 to May 2004. 

After confirming the award, President Murmu called Advani a ‘Doyen of Indian Politics,’ who has served the nation with unwavering dedication and distinction for over seven decades.

Who are the other Bharat Ratna Award winners in 2024?

Along with LK Advani, President Murmu conferred Bharat Ratna on four eminent personalities such as former prime ministers, Chaudhary Charan Singh and PV Narasimha Rao. Former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur and agronomist MS Swaminathan also received the country’s highest civilian award.

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 Did L.K. Advani get the Bharat Ratna award?

LK Advani with family

LK Advani received 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 earlier, “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.” He had 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?

53 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, Chaudhary Charan Singh and PV Narasimha Rao.

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, was 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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