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Javed Akhtar wins Richard Dawkins award

Date: 09 June 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Poet, lyricist, and writer Javed Akhtar has become the first Indian to receive the prestigious Richard Dawkins Award for 2020 for critical thinking, holding religious dogma up to scrutiny, advancing human progress and humanist values.
  • The citation states that recipient will be a distinguished individual from the worlds of science, scholarship, education or entertainment, who publicly proclaims the values of secularism and rationalism, upholding scientific truth wherever it may lead.
  • Previous recipients include American TV host, comedian, and political commentator Bill Maher and English-American intellectual, philosopher, social critic, and writer Christopher Hitchens.