Interacted, Ideated and debated on various topics with the youth of my city for a better tomorrow. Was a part of the 'Operation Black Dot Hangout', a platform for the youth to discuss with their elected representatives, candidates and opinion leaders about issues, ideas and collaboratively find solutions to matters concerning them and their constituency.
The third and last day of the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) mela, hosted by the CRPF Wives' Welfare Association (CWWA), saw Priya Dutt as the chief guest.
There were performances put up by children from the CRPF Public school. It was the celebration of Youth Day, hence the atmosphere was quite zestful and energetic as students performed a fusion of classical and contemporary dance. Dutt was left amazed at the talent of the students and also had a word of praise for the families of CRPF jawans who bear with their absence. "For me, CRPF is the peacekeeper of our country. Had you guys not been there, the country would not have been this safe."
Said Suneeta Trivedi, president, CWWA, "People from Delhi have been quite appreciative of the mela, which has products made by the wives of the CRPF jawans. People don't know much about the CRPF. Events like these help raise awareness."
The Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust in association with Kotak Education Foundation provided vocational training to the youth from economically and educationally weak
backgrounds in 2012. The program catered to youth in the age group 18-25 years, mainly comprising
of school and college dropouts. The training period was for three months and training was given in Hospitality,
Customer Relations, Sales and ITES. On completion of the course, students were offered 100% placement in the organised
sector with a remuneration of above 5000/- per month.
Smt. Priya Dutt, is actively involved with stress management groups for the youth. She had organized programmes for students immediately after the spate of suicides taking heavy toll on students in Mumbai. She helped organize the program “Lean on Me” to educate and bring about awareness among students and parents. She was invited as Chief Guest by Dr..P.V. Vaidyanathan, a Pediatrician to launch his book “Make your Child Stress Free” in Marathi version on 20th February, 2010 at Crosswords, Bandra. The book is an handbook & guide for parents having children of ages from early childhood to teenage, giving the causes and remedies for stress.
Chief Guest, Priya Dutt spoke about her own motherhood, upbringing a two year and four year old children. She felt the importance of balancing work and her family and inspite of being born to celebrity parents (Sunil Dutt and Nargis), she led a simple childhood with nurtured care of her parents. Her father, Sunil Dutt was quite strict, but her mother used to cushion the children from their father's strictness. Priya Dutt lamented how today's life and society has become materialistic, with people only worrying about how to buy a better mobile, a bigger car or a bigger house. This places a burden on the parents which in turn is passed on to the children. She asked parents to prioritise their lives so that they can lead a more balanced life.
Sensing the growing spate of suicides in the city and the concern it was generating in the society at large, NDMCT organized two events 'LEAN on ME' on 20th Feb
2008 and 'FLY ( Future lies in our Youth)' on 6th Feb 2010 in order to bring about an awareness and curb suicides.
Ahead of the General Elections, MySpace, the premier social portal is giving the Indian youth a platform to voice the issues that concern them through its initiative- ‘India Fights Back’. This April, MySpace ‘India Fights Back’ has associated with eminent youth leader Priya Dutt on http://www.myspace.com/indiafightsback to raise awareness amongst the youth about the difference that each vote makes to the bigger picture.
Launched in late 2008, MySpace ‘India Fights Back’ has continually facilitated freedom of expression and aspires to steadily create a movement that brings about a positive change amongst the youth. Known for being technology savvy, it is Priya Dutt’s endeavour to use this medium to trigger the need for a better India amongst the youth and educate them about the importance of voting!
Ms. Dutt will interface with the youth on MySpace 'India Fights Back' using photos, audio, text & even video blogs on http://www.myspace.com/indiafightsback . As in a true democracy, the youth would also be able to present and discuss their perceptions with Ms. Dutt about various social issues that need urgent consideration.
Speaking about her association with MySpace ‘India Fights Back’, Priya Dutt says, "The present general election is truly one of the most important milestones for India. With the country going through a radical change in the socio-political scenario, it is every citizen's duty and responsibility to choose, and choose well, for the country. In the present times, India needs a leader who will not only be able to guide us into the future but also strongly sustain development processes. Through my blog on MySpace India Fights Back, I hope to communicate this directly with the generation that will take India into the next steps of progress. I also hope that through this medium I am able to make a difference to the opinions of the youth and that I would be able to gain a perspective into the pertinent issues affecting them."
Commenting on the association, Hari V. Krishnan, Country Manager, MySpace India adds, “MySpace India users have always been expressive, responsible and thoughtful. To help stimulate their potential, we are thrilled to have on board Priya Dutt. She represents the present and future of Indian politics and is a youth icon willing to engage in the democratic debate encouraged on MySpace. We look forward to working with her to spread her message on the need for youth to participate in the political process and influence change.”
National Youth Festival, since its inception and first successful organisation in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) in 1995, is organised every year across different States of the country to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekanand which falls on 12th January. The 11th National Youth Festival was held from 13th to 17th February,2006 at Patna, Bihar.The participation of Congress MP Priya Dutt in the youth convention organised at the L N Mishra Institute of Social Development and Economic Change, where she appealed to youths to imbibe cross-cultural undercurrents that the country's linguistic and cultural mosaic represented.
Addressing the youths, Priya narrated tales from her father Sunil Dutt's life. She pointed out that he, although a film star, undertook a padyatra in 1985 across the length and breadth of the country to emphasise on the need for national unity. It was soon after the "Operation Blue Star"in Punjab.
"He did not like us to join him in the padyatra. Initially, we were not much enthused about it. But I chose to join him when he was half way through. It was my conscience which compelled me to do it,"she said, and appealed to youths and children to go on national tours and embrace time-tested values of secularism.
During the question-answer session, she said youth festivals were as important as children's festival. She has been working on a plan to organise children's festival soon.Priya, in fact, symbolised the spirit of the National Youth Festival being celebrated here.