Anand Mahindra gifts Praggnanandhaa's parents an electric car
Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra Group, has gifted an electric car to the parents of Praggnanandhaa, the youngest Indian chess grandmaster. The gift comes in recognition of the young prodigy's recent victory over Magnus Carlsen, the reigning world chess champion. Praggnanandhaa's win has been lauded as a significant achievement in the world of chess, marking him as a rising star in the sport.
It all started when numerous people on X (formerly Twitter) urged Anand Mahindra to gift Thar to Praggnanandhaa. The industrialist responded to the users and wrote, "Appreciate your sentiment, Krishlay, and many, like you, have been urging me to gift a Thar to @rpragchess. But I have another idea. I would like to encourage parents to introduce their children to chess and support them as they pursue this cerebral game (despite the surge in popularity of video games!) It's an investment in a better future for our planet, just like EVs. And so, I think we should gift an XUV4OO EV to the parents of @rpragchess, Shrimati Nagalakshmi, and Shri Rameshbabu, who deserve our gratitude for nurturing their son's passion and for giving him their untiring support.”
In his tweet, Anand Mahindra also tagged Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director and CEO at Mahindra & Mahindra, and asked him to share his thoughts on it.
Numerous X users commented on the post. Mr Jejurikar wrote, “Congratulations @rpragchess for your spectacular achievement.Thanks @anandmahindra for the idea of recognising PARENTS of @rpragchess Shrimati Nagalakshmi & Shri Rameshbabu.The All Electric SUV XUV400 would be perfect-our team will connect for a special edition and delivery.”
“A grandmaster's thought! The real victory lies in cultivating young intellects and steering toward a more sustainable future. It is a gift that will make lasting impact!” another user wrote.
Praggnanandhaa was unable to secure victory in IDE Chess World Cup, losing to Magnus Carlsen in the final tie-breaker. With the silver medal finish at the Chess World Cup, Praggnanandhaa booked his berth at the Candidates Tournament, becoming only the second Indian to do so