Yes! Vishwanathan Anand may be World
chess champion but the government is not convinced that he is an
Indian citizen. The world's best chess player was denied an honorary
doctorate he should have received on Monday, because the Government
is confused whether Anand is an Indian or Spanish citizen.
Anand was to be given the honorary doctorate by the University of
Hyderabad in 2009, but the university only formally forwarded the
proposal to the Human Resource Development Ministry.
It was informed that Anand, who lives in Spain with his wife Aruna,
is a Spanish citizen after the HRD Ministry asked the university
twice with these queries. But the university still did not inform
the Ministry that it needed the approval urgently as the awards
ceremony was to be held on Monday.
‘'I do not understand from where the confusion on Anand’s citizenship
had come from, Anand is and has always been a citizen of India”,
Anand’s wife said when questioned on the issue.