Javed Akhtar first Indian to bag Richard Dawkins Award

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NEW DELHI: Bollywood writer and lyricist 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 renowned personality is conferred with the award for his “critical thinking, holding religious dogma upto scrutiny, advancing human progress and humanist values.” On Sunday, his wife, and every green actor Shabana Azmi, shared the information on Twitter.

Javed Akhtar

Meanwhile, Bollywood stars Anil Kapoor and Dia Mirza also congratulated the veteran writer through social media posts. “Knowing that Richard Dawkins has been your hero since you read ‘The Selfish Gene’, the prestigious Richard Dawkins Award must be extra special for you Javed Saab! It’s a truly incredible honour! Congratulations,” Kapoor wrote.

“Javed Akhtar Saab has won the prestigious Richard Dawkins Award 2020 for critical thinking, holding religious dogma upto scrutiny, advancing human progress and humanist values. He is the only Indian to have won this award!

Javed Akhtar who has written the screenplay for iconic movies like ‘Deewar, Zanjeer’, and ‘Sholay’ along with Salim Khan, has earlier been awarded Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007). The veteran lyricist and screenwriter also have five National Awards for Best Lyricist to his name and even the Sahitya Akademi Award.

Farhan Akhtar

Actor-director Farhan Akhtar is proud of his poet father Javed Akhtar becoming the first Indian to bag the Richard Dawkins Award.

The ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ actor took to Instagram to post his father’s picture and penned a note in the caption. “Congratulations pa.. for being the first Indian to receive the Richard Dawkins Award for critical thinking and advancing humanist values,” Farhan wrote in the caption.  “You absolutely and unequivocally deserve it. So so proud,” his caption further read. (ANI)