Anand unfazed by controversy surrounding his citizenship

Updated: Aug 24, 2010, 15:27 PM IST

Hyderabad: Unfazed by the controversy surrounding his nationality, world chess champion Viswanathan
Anand looked cheerful as he arrived to a grand reception at
the International Congress of Mathematicians here on Tuesday.

He may be upset over the Union Human Resources
Development Ministry questioning his nationality but Vishy did
not show it.

The chess wizard enthusiastically walked into the huge
hall at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre to take
on simultaneously on 40 mathematicians from across the globe
in a game of chess.

The University of Hyderabad had planned to confer an
honorary doctorate on Anand but after the HRD ministry raised
doubts over his citizenship, it delayed its plans.

Reacting to the controversy, Vishwanathan`s wife Aruna
said they were not disappointed but irritated at the

"I don`t think we are disappointed, it is just that it
is irritating to answer these questions. Anand has always had
an Indian passport and is still an Indian passport holder. So
restating the obvious is a bit irritating.”

"I was asked to send a copy of Anand`s passport which
I did. That is the only piece of information I have. I don`t
know what transpired between them. Every time you look at him
win, you see an Indian flag right behind him that proves that
he had an Indian passport and I don`t understand from where
this is coming and why it has been made an issue.”

"Receiving a doctorate degree while being in Hyderabad
would have been nice but I think that moment has passed," she