Hardeep Singh Puri (born 15 February 1952) is an Indian politician, former diplomat who is the current Civil Aviation Minister of India and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in India. He is a 1974 batch Indian Foreign Service officer who served as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013.
He formerly served as President of the United Nations Security Council and as Chairman of United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, Vice President of International Peace Institute and Secretary-General of Independent Commission on Multilateralism in New York.
Early life and education
Hardeep Singh Puri was born in Delhi. His father was a diplomat, and he attended boarding school in India as his father was posted in countries where there were no options for English-language education. He earned Bachelor of Arts in history and Master of Arts in history from Hindu College, University of Delhi. He worked as a lecturer in history at St. Stephen's College, Delhi.
Hardeep has served as Joint secretary to the Government of India in Ministry of External Affairs from 1994 to 1997 and from 1999 to 2002. He has also served as Joint secretary to the Government of India in Ministry of Defence from 1997 to 1999. He later served as Secretary to the Government of India (Economic Relations) in Ministry of External Affairs from 2009 to 2013.
Puri has been stationed at important diplomatic posts in Brazil, Japan, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom. Between 1988 and 1991, he was the Coordinator of the UNDP/UNCTAD Multilateral Trade Negotiations Project to help Developing Countries in the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations. He also served as the chairman of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee from January 2011 to February 2013, and as President of the United Nations Security Council in August 2011 and November 2012.
Ambassador Puri joined International Peace Institute as a senior advisor in June 2013. Puri joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in January 2014, expressing an admiration for the party's approach to national security.
Hardeep Singh Puri is married to Lakshmi Puri, who is currently Assistant Secretary-General at United Nations. They have two daughters. His brother Pradeep Puri is a 1979 batch retired IAS officer who played an instrumental role in the construction of DND Flyway.
Books, research papers and journals
Hardeep is a published author of several books, research papers and journals. Included below is a selection of his works:
- Perilous Interventions: The Security Council and the Politics of Chaos (Publisher: HarperCollins, 2016; ISBN 978-9351777595)
- Delusional Politics: Back To The Future (Publisher: Penguin Viking, 2018; ISBN 978-0670090259)
- "Libya: Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and the Ghost of Rwanda" (Publisher: The Globalist, 2016)
- "Welcome To IANS Live - NATION". IANS Live.
- "Hardeep Puri to be next Permanent Representative of India to UN". One India News. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- "Stephen's wins war of words". The Times Of India. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- "UNECE Homepage". www.unece.org.
- "CTC Chairman Biographical Note". United Nations. 12 January 2011. Archived from the original on 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- "SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS IN ABYEI". United nations. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- "Hardeep Singh Puri". International Peace Institute. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
- "Ex-UN envoy Hardeep Singh Puri joins BJP". @businessline. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
- Kaushal, Akshat (11 January 2014). "I admire the BJP's approach towards national security: Hardeep Singh Puri". Business Standard India. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
- "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
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