Interview with L. K. Advani [sound recording]

Scope and Content

L.K. Advani interviewed about Partition in Karachi; Sindh; Partition legacy.

Administrative / Biographical History

L.K. Advani was born in Karachi in 1927 to a Hindu Sindhi family. He was educated at D G National College in Hyderabad, Sindh and the Government Law College, Mumbai University. In 1947, Advani was Secretary of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Karachi. He left Karachi in September 1947 following Partition. Advani became a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the organisations first President. He became Member of Parliament for Gandhinagar (1998 onwards). Advani served as Minister of Home Affairs (1998-2004); Leader of Opposition (Lok Sabha) (2004-2009); and Deputy Prime Minister of India (2002-2004).

Access Information

MP3 audio file can be accessed on DVD-R in Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library. Users must bring their own headphones and computer to consult material.


Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

The recording is available for consultation without restriction, and short extracts (up to 200 words) can be published with an appropriate acknowledgement. Any publication of longer extracts or use of interviews for broadcast requires the prior written permission of Andrew Whitehead.

Copyright held by Andrew Whitehead

Custodial History

Interview by Andrew Whitehead at L. K. Advani's office at Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters, Delhi, India

Related Material

Partial transcript and notes compiled by Andrew Whitehead available at SOAS Library. Reference: OA3/02/01

Location of Originals

MP3 audio datafile digitised from original recording on cassette tape. Original: OA3 Tape 40, Side A


Research for broadcast of the BBC World Service radio series 'India: A People Partitioned' (1997)