Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi

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Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi
Constituency Raiganj
Personal details
Born (1945-11-13) November 13, 1945 (age 69)
Chirirbander, East Bengal
(now in Bangladesh)
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Deepa Dasmunsi
Children 1 son
Residence Kolkata
As of February 25, 2006
Source: [1]

Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi (Bengali: প্রিয়রঞ্জন দাশমুন্সি Prio Rônjon Dashmunshi; born 13 November 1945) was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Raiganj (Lok Sabha constituency) of West Bengal and is a member of the Indian National Congress party.


Dasmunsi was President of Indian Youth Congress in West Bengal from 1970 to 1971. He entered the Indian Parliament in 1971. He became a minister for the first time in 1985, when he was sworn in as Union Minister of State, Commerce. Within his home State, he was known for his strong anti-Left credentials.

He was the cabinet minister in Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting during the first term of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. This posting led to several controversial decisions, including several bans of Western television networks, including a three month ban on the Sony-owned television network AXN and Fashion TV following the broadcast of programs deemed "obscene" by Dasmunsi.[1][2] Dasmunsi was also responsible for the popular, if controversial, decision to require Indian sports broadcaster Nimbus Communications to share broadcast rights for Indian cricket matches with the state television network, Doordarshan — this despite Nimbus paying hundreds of millions of dollars for the rights to broadcast Indian cricket matches over four years.[3]

Dasmunsi served as the President of the All India Football Federation for almost 20 years.

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Dasmunsi was married in 1994 to Mrs. Deepa Dasmunsi, an actress from Kolkata. They have a young son, Priyadeep Dasmunshi.

He suffered a massive stroke and paralysis on October 12, 2008, leaving him unable to speak or recognise anyone. He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi and was later shifted to Apollo Hospital.[6] He remained on life support, and was diagnosed with a complete failure of the left ventricular system. In November 2009, Dasmunsi was temporarily moved to Düsseldorf, where he underwent stem cell therapy in an attempt to reverse some of the loss of brain functions caused by the stroke.[7]

Since Dasmunsi's hospitalization, his wife Deepa has to some extent taken over his political mantle; she was elected from Raiganj (Lok Sabha constituency) in 2009.

On November 9, 2011, the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi advised his family to take him home and care for him there.[8]


  1. ^ AXN says sorry for 'obscene' TV
  2. ^ "FTV banned". The Hindu (Chennai, India). March 30, 2007. 
  3. ^ "The Hindu News Update Service". Chennai, India. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d "24 - Howrah Parliamentary Constituency". West Bengal. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  5. ^ "Raignaj Lok Sabha seat 2004". West Bengal. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  6. ^ "Priyaranjan Dasmunshi to be treated in Germany". Press Trust of India. October 31, 2009.
  7. ^ "After PM advice, stem cell therapy abroad for Dasmunsi". Indian Express. November 2, 2009.
  8. ^ "Delhi: Comatose ex-information and broadcasting minister Dasmunshi denied room in Apollo". India Today. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 

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