​Javed Akhtar Bring Home The Prestigious Richard Dawkins Award


Veteran lyricists Javed Akhtar finally bring home the prestigious Richard Dawkins Trophy, making him the only Indian ever to win such an esteemed award.
Almost four months after being named as the recipient of the prestigious Richard Dawkins Award, senior lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar shared a picture with the trophy.
Javed Akhtar captioned it, “@RichardDawkins @center4inquiry@vinodbhardwaj. Thank you #Center For Inquiry (USA) for this great honour. I am humbled to be the first Indian recipient of #Richard Dawkins Award 2020 for standing up for rationality and reason against religious bigotry and superstition”
Akhtar’s wife and actor Shabana Azmi also took to Twitter to share the same, expressing her excitement, she tweeted, “@Javedakhtarjadu with his prized #Richard Dawkins 2020 Award”
Akhtar and Richard Dawkins on Saturday had interacted with each other during a virtual conversation on the award. Javed Akhtar has become the first Indian to win Richard Dawkins Award 2020 for critical thinking, advancing human progress and humanist values.
The award, which is named after English evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, has been presented since 2003.
The veteran lyricist and screenwriter also have five National Awards for Best Lyricist to his name and even the Sahitya Akademi Award.

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