Hardeep Singh Puri’s Delusional Politics offers a powerful narrative and insider information to understand the minds and working of leaders like Donald J. Trump, Barack Obama, David Cameron, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin
Hardeep Singh Puri
‘Delusional Politics is a sophisticated and deep reflection on the technological, political, economic and social forces driving this tumultuous era in global affairs . . . Rich in both historical and contemporary examples . . . An important contribution to the debate about the future of the global order—and how we might fix it’
The Hon. Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia and President, Asia Society Policy Institute
‘Delusional Politicsis insightful, thought-provoking, superbly researched and deftly crafted. While it’s an engaging story on global politics and global governance—and a textbook battle plan for anyone who wants to formulate foreign policy in today’s world—it is much more . . . it’s a fascinating read! The book could well be the key to all our futures’
Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI AAYOG
‘This is a diplomat–politician’s unsparing political scrutiny of the rise of populism and a bruising shift from facts to belief-based politics in the post-truth era. The book looks at how Donald Trump’s rise has more to do with white working class woes than with racism; and how Narendra Modi’s popularity is a break from the culture of impunity that existed before him’
Shekhar Gupta, Senior Journalist
Looking out of my corner fourth-floor office with a full-frontal view, across First Avenue of the headquarters of the United Nations with the flags of the 193 member states fluttering majestically, I was reminded ever so often of what Bertrand Russell said: ‘The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.’
Many democratically elected leaders of the twenty-first century have displayed streaks of recklessness, megalomania, bizarre self-obsession and political views that are difficult to characterize. This book studies the actions of these contemporary political leaders and covers Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the rise of the BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and decision-making with respect to global governance, terrorism and trade. It brings to light the fact that at the heart of delusional politics is perhaps the delusional politician.
Hardeep Singh Puri has had a distinguished four-decade career in diplomacy spanning both the bilateral and the multilateral arenas. He held ambassadorial posts in London
(1999–2002), Brazil (2006–08), and was India’s permanent representative to the UN in both Geneva (2002–05) and New York (2009–13). He presided over the UN Security Council in August 2011 and November 2012, and chaired its Counter-Terrorism Committee. He is the author ofPerilous Interventions: The Security Council and the Politics of Chaos. He is presently union minister of state for housing and urban affairs in New Delhi.