In a heartwarming and benevolent gesture, Anand Mahindra, the Chairman of the Mahindra and Mahindra Group, has decided to present a brand new XUV400 electric SUV to the parents of the chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu. The young talent recently garnered attention by becoming the youngest finalist at the FIDE World Cup held in Baku.
The Occurrence: Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to commend the remarkable journey of the 18-year-old, in which he outperformed the world’s second and third-ranked players, eventually competing against the top-seeded Magnus Carlsen. While the company has a history of gifting its iconic Thar or XUV700 SUVs to accomplished Indian athletes, like the Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, this time there’s a novel element.
Breaking away from the traditional choice of the sturdy Thar, Mahindra opted for the futuristic XUV400 electric SUV, symbolizing a move towards a more environmentally-conscious future. He expounded on his decision, underlining the importance of investing in sustainability, much in line with the core concept of electric vehicles. He also acknowledged Praggnanandhaa’s parents, Shrimati Nagalakshmi and Shri Rameshbabu, for their unwavering support and nurturing of their son’s passion for chess.