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 arena. 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 of Perilous Interventions: The Security Council and The Politics of Chaos.
He is presently union minister of state for housing and urban affairs in New Delhi.