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'My father's name will always be there'

April 30, 2009

My father's name will always be there. I am very proud of that. My father's work, my father as a human being, will always remain with me.

The reason I've even come into politics is because of his ideologies, because of the way he worked. That gave me the added push to believe if he could do it, maybe I could also.

He was part of this political process for over 25 years and he always held his head above everything else. He is my greatest inspiration, my role model, my idol. It is very important for me that, whatever name my father has made, I keep it going or make it even bigger.

That is very difficult task. It's very easy to demolish a constructed building, but it's very, very difficult to build on it.

People point out that you take advantage of your father's name -- for instance, that you haven't changed your surname despite being married.

That's ridiculous. We (Priya and her husband Owen Roncon, who was present for part of this interview) decided on that before we got married. My father was alive at the time and he was pretty okay with it.

Roncon: Her name is Priya Dutt. There is no reason to change it.

Dutt: Why should I change it? It is not like I got married when I was 19 years old. I had my own identity, my husband had his own identity and we decided to respect each other for who we are. I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

Image: Priya Dutt's husband Owen Roncon.

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