Looking back at the years gone by, I can’t help but be thankful for this journey taken and for the lives of the people who I have touched and been touched by.
I was born on 28th August 1966 to parents who were larger than life to others but just Mom and Dad to me. Through them I believe I have imbibed certain values that hold me in good stead today. From my mum I learnt about being sensitive to the needs of others and from my father I learnt to be humble and firmly grounded. My inter-religious upbringing has made me a secular individual respectful to all religions and cultures.
My teacher’s at A.F. Petit Girls High School too had a positive influence on me. My school emphasized on a well-rounded personality and strong values, which made me a positive and sincere student. I then went on to pursue my Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the prestigious Sophia College in Mumbai, which changed my vision of how I perceived the world around me. It was here that I examined the positive and negative aspects of social factors on the community at large. While working for the Spastic’s Society of India I learned to appreciate the small things that many of us take for granted.
However my greatest influence in my life has been my father, Mr. Sunil Dutt, who I have had the privilege of knowing, travelling and working with. I believe much of my passion for travelling, reading and writing, I get from him. Joining him on his peace march to the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1987 made me realize that love conquers all. I even got the opportunity of heading my father’s core team while he was the Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs. The responsibilities of this team included reporting to him on a regular basis the progress of governance within North West District, Mumbai. As a team, we looked into various matters pertaining to infrastructure development, personal people matters and social issues. Little did I know then, it was only a training ground for the things yet to come.
At the same time I was working full time for the Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust (NDMCT), which was started by my father in memory of my mother who passed away from cancer in 1981. NDMCT continues to play a very important role in my life where extensive work is being done in Health, Education and Social Awareness.
My entry into politics has been quite by chance. I was expecting my first child and was busy with my social work and family when my father suddenly passed away in 2005. Not wanting my father’s four-term good work of nearly twenty years of community service to be in vain, I fought the bye elections in 2005. I still remember filing my papers for the polls and going straight to hospital to deliver. I won by a record margin of 1, 76,000 votes. In 2005 I was representing the Mumbai- North –West Parliamentary Constituency, which comprised of Bandra, Andheri, Vile Parle, Versova, Santacruz and Kerwadi Assembly Constituencies. This is my second term in Parliament. Due to demarcation, the new constituency which I have been representing since 2009 is the Mumbai- North Central Constituency which comprises of Bandra (W), Bandra (E), Chandivali, Kurla, Vile Parle and Kalina. Very recently, in June 2013 I have been appointed as the secretary of the All-India Congress Committee.
As a Politician, my key concerns have been Education, Health, Women Empowerment, Youth affairs, Infrastructural Development and Communal Harmony.Through this website you will get vital information on the various programmes I have initiated across my constituency, my speeches and questions in Parliament, my vision, my mission and my purpose as a social activist.The aim of this website is to create greater awareness and increase the communication level between us.
My journey thus far has been exhilarating. I have had the opportunity of playing different roles that of a Member of Parliament, a Trustee of the Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust, a mother, a sister, a social activist, a friend, a wife and a common citizen.
My father would often quote the famous words by Robert Frost “There are promises to keep and miles to go before we sleep.” Today as I walk in his shoes, these words find meaning.