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Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi

Wife Deepa Dasmunsi and son Michil of Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi at the Congress party office Bidhan Bhawan, where people paid their last respects to the mortal remains of the veteran leader, in Kolkata.

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The mortal remains of veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi being brought at Congress office Bidhan Bhawan for the last respects, in Kolkata.

PTI Photo by Swapan Mahapatra

Left Front Chairman Biman Bose consoles Deepa Dasmunshi, the wife of veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi and son Michil, after paying his last respects to the mortal remains to the veteran leader in Kolkata. Dasmunsi passed away at a Delhi hospital on Monday morning.

PTI Photo by Swapan Mahapatra

Congress President Sonia Gandhi pays her last respects to veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi at AICC in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh consoles Deepa Dasmunsi, the wife of veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, after paying his last respects to him, at AICC in New Delhi. Dasmunsi, who was in coma since 2008, passed away at a hospital in New Delhi on Monday morning.

PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan

Wednesday 19 January
The good minister has appointed himself as the custodian of morality. Last week he demanded and got an apology from two Indian news channels for "assaulting the dignity of the Father of the Nation" who had shown an "objectionable" video of a man dressed as Mahatma Gandhi posted on website YouTube.com. And this week, the minister of information and broadcasting minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi banned foreign satellite channel 'AXN' with immediate effect till March 15 for showing "indecent content". The channel got into the wrong books of the minister for telecast of a programme World's Sexiest Advertisements, which the minister decreed is "against good taste or decency and is likely to adversely affect public morality". He says the programme was "against public morality" and that action was being taken under provisions of Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995. We need only remind ourselves of the broadcasting bill, Da Vinci Code and Rang De Basanti to realise that perhaps he does want to be known as the Culture Commissar in the ministry of fear and censorship....

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