|Priya Dutt Roncon|
|Priya Dutt at Lavasa Womens Drive 2011|
|Member: 14th and 15th Lok Sabha|
|Constituency||Mumbai North Central|
28 August 1966 |
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Residence||Pali Hill, Bandra, Mumbai|
|Profession||social worker, politician|
|As of 4 April, 2010
Priya Dutt Roncon (born 28 August 1966) is an Indian politician. She was first time elected to the 14th Lok Sabha from Mumbai North West constituency in Maharashtra on 22 November 2005, representing the Indian National Congress party. She is currently representing Mumbai North Central constituency in the 15th Lok Sabha since 2009.
Early life and Education
Priya is the daughter of the late Bollywood actor and politician Sunil Dutt, and actress and politician Nargis. Both her parents were elected to represent the Indian National Congress, and her father was a government minister. She is the sister of actor Sanjay Dutt, and Namrata Dutt. Along with her sister, she published a memoir, entitled Mr and Mrs Dutt: Memories of our Parents, in 2007.
Career and Social Activities
After university, Priya worked in television and video and studied at The Center for the Media Arts in New York.
During a tense political period in 1992–1993, Priya worked with Muslim refugees in Mumbai. She reported receiving threatening telephone calls and public harassment.
In 2005, despite a low voter turnout, she won her seat in the Lok Sabha by a margin of 172,043 votes over a rival candidate from the Shiv Sena. Dutt received considerable media attention for this victory, partially on account of her famous family and the fact that she had given birth to her first child a few days before the election.
Since her election, Priya has been appointed secretary of the All-India Congress Committee.
Priya also runs a charity, The Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust. Among other projects, the charity has focused on bringing kitchen sets and medical aid to flood victims in the state of Bihar, following the disastrous flooding in 2008. Dutt went to Bihar with her husband to visit refugee camps and distribute equipment.
Recently Priya spoke out her views on the sex workers at Kamathipura and asserted her pro-legalisation stance regarding prostitution. She is also in talks with the chief minister of Maharashtra, Shri Prithviraj Chavan for the same.
Priya got married to Owen Roncon on November 27, 2003. Roncon is a partner in Oranjuice Entertainment, a music promotion company, and Fountainhead Promotions & Events Pvt Ltd, a marketing firm. The couple has two sons, Siddharth and Sumair.
Priya has traveled widely across the world and her interests include travelling, reading and research. She also enjoys water sports like Scuba Diving.
- Mr and Mrs Dutt: Memories of our Parents, Namrata Dutt Kumar and Priya Dutt, 2007, Roli Books. ISBN 978-81-7436-455-5.
- "To Mr and Mrs Dutt, with love" (review), The Hindu, 7 October 2007.
- "Biographical Sketch Member of Parliament". Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- Biography, Priya Dutt's official website.
- Interview with Rediff.co.in, 29 November 2006.
- The Hindu, 23 November 2005.
- Times of India, 14 September 2008.
- "Prostitution should be legalised, says Dutt". MidDay. 24 January 2011.
- Transcript of live chat with Priya Dutt, Times of India, 13 December 2005.
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