Checkmate, Anand

By T S Sudhir

In the world of king, queens, rooks, pawns, bishops that Vishwanathan Anand lives in, this move by India’s bureaucracy was nothing but a foolish move. But Anand played it in his usual quiet, dignified manner, turning up to play the game of simultaneous chess against 35 Mathematicians at the Maths congress in Hyderabad, while anyone less gracious would have thrown a sulk and skipped the event.

(video of my story aired on NDTV 24×7 on August 24, 2010)


About t s sudhir & uma sudhir

Uma Sudhir and T S Sudhir are senior journalists, based in Hyderabad. Both work for NDTV. Uma is a Tamilian, who was educated in
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One Response to Checkmate, Anand

  1. Serenity Stupidity says:

    Hi Tss,

    Yes, you are right in pointing out that Anand was gracious not to skip the event.

    What a sorry way to force this rare gem of india, to “display” his tremendous mental steel he uses as a champion.

    Well, “checking up” on Anand’s Passport status, can in a small way be regarded as a sign of the official machinery “sticking to rules”. I refer this, in the context that, no matter how “unprofessional” our system sounds, overall , our system has some how been successful in maintaining internal security, to a large extent.( Not taking Naxalism into count. )

    But alas, whatever little “scrupulousness” I am trying to find in this embarrassing “stalemate”, does undoubtedly end up conveying a lot of pain, when we see the complete picture : It is V ANAND ! involved !

    So, whoever was trying to “stick to rules”, which was a pathetic excuse used by Sibal ji for “procedural delay”, did not show minimum common sense and patriotism.

    If at all his passport had a “problem”, I would have extremely proud, to ensure that somehow it was renewed or fixed, with a lightening speed, that too without the issue getting into public domain.

    There is a reason, I have expressed this detailed view, on this affair. The pain of this incident, made me feel the following about the red-taped India’s bureaucracy :

    It is this insensitive, common sense-less, delayed approach completely devoid of any initiative and dedication, that has failed the multitudes of Indian common people. In its appalling failure, towards empowering the destitute and backward sections of the society, so that they can get on to the path of development, of self-sufficiency.

    And whatever little direct “aid”, in the form of “schemes”, “subsidies” etc, actually have ended up feeding the corruption demon.

    The tragedy for me, is that even Anand has not been spared from such foolish moves.

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