Lal Krishna Advani, who served as the 7th Deputy Prime Minister of India from 2002 to 2004 under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, has been nominated for the prestigious 'Gandhi Mandela Award', to be held later this year, alongside other distinguished persons/organizations.
Advani was the Leader of the Opposition in the 10th and 14th Lok Sabha. He was NDA's prime ministerial candidate in the 2009 general elections.
Advani joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1941 as a 14-year-old boy. After Partition, Advani was sent as a pracharak to Matsya-Alwar in Rajasthan, which had witnessed communal violence following Partition. He became a member of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, also known simply as the Jana Sangh, a political party founded in 1951 by Syama Prasad Mookerjee in collaboration with the RSS.
Advani also served as Minister of Home Affairs in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government from 1998 to 2004. In 2015 he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour. Citing his tremendous contribution to the field of Politics, Advani has been nominated for the Gandhi Mandela Award.
The Gandhi Mandela awards will be given to personalities who have made significant contribution in the fields of Peace, Social Welfare, Culture, Environment, Education, Healthcare, Sports and Innovation.
The Awardees will be selected by a jury of eminent personalities, including former Chief Justice of Supreme Court & former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of India, Nepal and Bangladesh namely former Chief Justice of India Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice Dipak Misra, former Chief Justice of Nepal Justice Kedar Nath Upadhyay, former Chief Justice of Bangladesh Justice M.D. Tafazzul Islam, International Yoga Guru and Founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth Baba Ramdev along with former Justice of Supreme Court of India Justice Gyan Sudha Misra.