Kolkata: Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua on Wednesday termed the episode over Vishwanathan Anand’s citizenship a matter of shame and said the World chess champion should get the respect he deserves.
Blaming it on the government’s “negligence”, the second GM from India after the legendary Anand, Barua said, “He (Anand) is India’s pride and something like this is very sad.”
“The Ministry should have been more careful while dealing with this. It clearly highlights the negligence from their part. It’s a matter of shame,” Barua told reporters on Wednesday.
Anand, who holds an Indian passport but lives in Spain, was to be conferred an honorary doctorate by the University of Hyderabad but what was to be a simple ceremony snowballed into a major controversy when it emerged that the HRD Ministry had questioned the chess wizard’s citizenship.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal later apologised to Anand but the chess champion had already expressed his inability to accept the doctorate.
“Anand and his wife Aruna are very polite and as they have termed it’s a typical bureaucratic mistake. For us, it’s an insult to the entire sporting fraternity, even as the Ministry has apologised for the entire episode,” he said.