Javed Akhtar wins prestigious Richard Dawkins Award
National Award-winning lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar has won the prestigious Richard Dawkins Award. 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 up to scrutiny, advancing human progress and humanist values."
Celebrities Congratulated him on Twitter:
On Sunday, his wife and actor Shabana Azmi, shared the information on Twitter.
Akhtar was honoured with the award for his “critical thinking, holding religious dogma upto scrutiny, advancing human progress and humanist values,” according to Shabana Azmi’s tweet. “Such marvellous news. Congratulations @Javedakhtarjadu. To win an award from your Hero is the ultimate validation,” she wrote further.
Dia Mirza also took to Twitter to congratulate Javed Akhtar. She tweeted, “Javed Akhtar Saab has won the 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! @Javedakhtarjadu Congratulations! You make us proud.”
"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 @Javedakhtarjadu Saab! It's a truly incredible honour! Congratulations," Kapoor wrote.
The Richard Dawkins Award, which is named after the celebrated biologist. In addition, it seeks to recognise individuals who “publicly proclaim the values of secularism, rationalism, upholding scientific truth”. Other famous awardees include Ricky Gervais, Stephen Fry and Bill Maher.
Javed Akhtar becomes only Indian to bag prestigious Richard Dawkins Award:
Javed Akhtar, who is a leading figure in Indian cinema, has lent his support to various social causes.
Furthermore, has also never shied away from expressing his views on issues like CAA, islamophobia among more.
In addition,he 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. Also, the Sahitya Akademi Award.
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