LK Advani is a senior leader of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). He was the Home Minister of India from 1998 to 2004 and was the Deputy Prime Minister of India from 2002 to 2004. Born in Karachi in 1927, his family migrated to India during partition. Advani began his political career as a 'pracharak' for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1942. He later went on to be a part of the Bhartiya Jana Sangh and then became member
of the newly formed Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Under the leadership of Advani, the BJP went on to acquire a hardline Hindutva stance as a means of political propaganda. As party president, Advani lent support to the Ram Janmabhoomi campaign started by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in the early 1980s, and went on to make BJP the political face of the campaign. In September 1990, Advani led a rath yatra to attract supporters who would establish a Ram temple at the site of the Babri Masjid. In 1992, the Babri Masjid was demolished amid largescale religious violence and Advani was one of the main accused in the case. In April 2017, the Supreme Court of India put LK Advani along with Murli Manohar Joshi and union minister Uma Bharti on a joint trial in the 1992 case.