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Hardeep Singh Puri (born 15 February 1952 in Delhi) is the current Union Minister of State with Independent Charge in the 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.[2][3]

Hardeep Singh Puri
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Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs
Assumed office
2 September 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byNarendra Singh Tomar
MP of Rajya Sabha for Uttar Pradesh [1]
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Preceded byManohar Parrikar
President of the United Nations Security Council
In office
August 2011 – August 2011
Preceded byPeter Wittig and Guido Westerwelle
Succeeded byNawaf Salam, Michel Suleiman and Najib Mikati
In office
November 2012 – November 2012
Preceded byGert Rosenthal and Harold Caballeros
Succeeded byMohammed Loulichki and Saad-Eddine El Othmani
Indian ambassador to Brazil
In office
January 2008 – October 2008
Preceded byAmitava Tripathi
Succeeded byBellur Shamarao Prakash
Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations
In office
4 May 2009 – 27 February 2013
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byNirupam Sen
Succeeded byAsoke Kumar Mukerji
Personal details
Born (1952-02-15) 15 February 1952 (age 67)
Delhi, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Lakshmi Singh Puri
Alma materHindu College, University of Delhi
ProfessionCivil servant

He formerly served 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.

As of 2 September 2017, he has been appointed as one of the new ministers in Prime Minister Modi's Cabinet


Early life and educationEdit

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.[2] He pursued Bachelor's and postgraduate study at Hindu College, University of Delhi, and worked as a lecturer at St. Stephen's College, Delhi.[4]


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.[5] 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.[6][7] Chief Patron National Real Estate Development Council

Ambassador Puri joined International Peace Institute as a senior advisor in June 2013.[8] Puri joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in January 2014, expressing an admiration for the party's approach to national security.[9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

Hardeep Singh Puri is married to Lakshmi Puri, who is currently Assistant Secretary-General at United Nations. 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 journalsEdit

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)

See AlsoEdit


  1. ^ "Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh - Firstpost".
  2. ^ a b "Welcome To IANS Live - NATION". IANS Live.
  3. ^ "Hardeep Puri to be next Permanent Representative of India to UN". One India News. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Stephen's wins war of words". The Times Of India. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  5. ^ "UNECE Homepage".
  6. ^ "CTC Chairman Biographical Note". United Nations. 12 January 2011. Archived from the original on 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Hardeep Singh Puri". International Peace Institute. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Ex-UN envoy Hardeep Singh Puri joins BJP". @businessline. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  10. ^ Kaushal, Akshat (2014-01-11). "I admire the BJP's approach towards national security: Hardeep Singh Puri". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
Political offices
Preceded by
Narendra Singh Tomar
Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs
Minister of State with
Independent charge

3 September 2017 - Present