Priya Dutt has donned several hats that of a Member of Parliament, a Trustee of the Nargis Dutt Foundation, a wife, a mother, a social activist, a friend and a common citizen.
She is the daughter of the legendary Smt Nargis and Shri Sunil Dutt, who have been great humanitarians. Her greatest influence in her life has been her father, Shri Sunil Dutt. Her turning point in life came in 1987 when she accompanied her father on a 78 days peace march from Mumbai to Amritsar, covering a distance of over 2700 kms with a message ‘Give Peace a Chance’. It was a time when the country especially Punjab was under a cloud of violence and communal discord. This walkathon gave her unforgettable insights into the real India, which touched her heart deeply. In 1988, along with her father she marched from Nagasaki to Hiroshima, Japan for World Peace and Nuclear Disarmament spreading the philosophies of the great Mahatma of brotherhood, understanding and non-violence.
Priya has been a Member of Parliament for two terms and during this time she played a very important role in uplifting the needs of the poor, empowering women and improving health for her constituency and beyond. After her father passed away in 2005, she not only continued the political legacy he left behind but also spearheaded the Nargis Dutt Foundation. The foundation works in the areas of Health and Education, has grown by leaps and bounds with having equipped 80-100 hospitals across rural India with medical equipment, holding medical camps for the poor, cancer screening camps and holistically developing rural schools with clean sanitation, clean drinking water, computer labs, playgrounds, e learning and extracurricular activities. She is also the trustee of ADAPT (formerly Spastics Society) and works towards the rights of the differently abled. Her favorite quote is “The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do”. She believes no child should lose a life or be unable to pursue an education due to lack of funds. Priya Dutt has been a voice for the voiceless and is passionate about making a difference.