Hardeep Singh Puri
The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (IC), Shri Hardeep Singh Puri addressing a press conference on Swachh Survekshan 2018, in New Delhi on May 16, 2018.JPG
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Assumed office
7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byDharmendra Pradhan
Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs
Assumed office
3 September 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byNarendra Singh Tomar
Minister of Civil Aviation
In office
30 May 2019 – 7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded bySuresh Prabhu
Succeeded byJyotiraditya Scindia
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Preceded byManohar Parrikar
ConstituencyUttar Pradesh
Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations
In office
4 May 2009 – 27 February 2013
President
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byNirupam Sen
Succeeded byAsoke Kumar Mukerji
Personal details
Born (1952-02-15) 15 February 1952 (age 70)
Delhi, India
Citizenship India
NationalityIndian
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Lakshmi Murdeshwar Puri
Alma materHindu College, University of Delhi (BA, MA)
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionCivil servant
Websitehardeepsinghpuri.com

Hardeep Singh Puri (born 15 February 1952) is an Indian politician and former Indian diplomat who is currently serving as the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs in the Government of India.[1][2]

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.[3][4]

Puri joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in January 2014, and became a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh in November, 2020.[5][6] Earlier in May 2019, he had taken charge as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs and Civil Aviation and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.[6]

Previously, Puri has served as the chairman of the United Nations Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee from January 2011 to February 2013; and joined International Peace Institute as a senior advisor in June 2013.[6]

Early life and education

Hardeep Singh Puri was born in Delhi. His father was a civil servant, and he attended boarding school in India as his father was posted in countries where there were no options for English-language education.[3] He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in History from Hindu College, University of Delhi. He worked as a lecturer of History at St. Stephen's College, Delhi.[7]

Career

Civil service

Hardeep Puri has served as Joint secretary to the Government of India in the 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 was India's ambassador to Brazil. He later served as Secretary to the Government of India (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs from 2009 to 2013.

Puri has been stationed at important diplomatic posts in Brazil, where he was ambassador, Japan, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom where he was Deputy High Commissioner. 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.[8] 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, again, in November 2012.[9][10]

Politics

Ambassador Puri joined the International Peace Institute as a senior advisor in June 2013.[11] He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in January 2014, expressing admiration for the party's approach to national security.[12][13]

He contested from Amritsar as a BJP Candidate, but lost to Gurjeet Singh Aujla of the Congress.

In May 2019, Puri became the Minister of State (with Independent Charge) of the Housing and Urban Affairs and Civil Aviation and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.[14]

In July 2021, he was promoted to the post of Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs in the Second Modi ministry when there was a cabinet overhaul.[15]

In March 2022, during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, he was sent to the neighboring nation of Ukraine, Budapest in Hungary to assist coordination efforts. He was one of the minister in a special envoy of four ministers and successfully brought back 6711 students to India, following the Operation Ganga initiative.[16]

Electoral performance

This section is transcluded from Amritsar (Lok Sabha constituency). (edit | history)

2019 Indian general elections: Amritsar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
INC Gurjeet Singh Aujla 4,45,032 51.78 Increase1.69
BJP Hardeep Singh Puri 3,45,406 40.19 Increase9.74
AAP Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal 20,087 2.34 Decrease12.44
CPI Daswinder Kaur 16,335 1.90 Increase0.14
NOTA None of the Above 8,763 1.02 Increase0.06
Majority 99,626 11.59
Turnout 8,60,582 57.07 Decrease13.32
INC hold Swing

Personal life

Hardeep Singh Puri is married to Ambassador Lakshmi Puri, of the Indian Foreign Service, and, later, the United Nations cadre, who is a former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Deputy Executive Director of UN Women. They have two daughters. His brother, Pradeep Puri, is an IAS officer of the 1979 batch, who played an instrumental role in the construction of the DND Flyway. He is a former member of Inc.

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:

Books

Articles

See also

References

  1. ^ "Hardeep Singh Puri sworn in as Union Cabinet minister". Zee News. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Hardeep Singh Puri given charge of Petroleum and Urban Development Ministries". Times Now. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Welcome To IANS Live - NATION". IANS Live.
  4. ^ "Hardeep Puri to be next Permanent Representative of India to UN". One India News. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, nine others elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh". First-Post. 2 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b c "WHO IS HARDEEP SINGH PURI". business-standard. 24 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Stephen's wins war of words". The Times of India. 23 December 2011. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  8. ^ "UNECE Homepage". www.unece.org.
  9. ^ "CTC Chairman Biographical Note". United Nations. 12 January 2011. Archived from the original on 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  10. ^ "SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS IN ABYEI". United nations. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Hardeep Singh Puri". International Peace Institute. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Ex-UN envoy Hardeep Singh Puri joins BJP". @businessline. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  13. ^ Kaushal, Akshat (11 January 2014). "I admire the BJP's approach towards national security: Hardeep Singh Puri". Business Standard India. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  14. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
  15. ^ "Modi cabinet rejig: Full list of new ministers". India Today. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  16. ^ "Hardeep Singh Puri reaches Delhi with last batch of students from Budapest". Deccan Chronicle. 7 March 2022. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
Political offices Preceded byNarendra Singh Tomar Minister of Housing and Urban AffairsMinister of State withIndependent charge 3 September 2017 - Present Incumbent