Only Indian to Win Richard Dawkins Award: Javed Akhtar
Lyrists Javed Akhtar was honoured with Richard Dawkins Award 2020 for critical thinking, holding religious dogma up to scrutiny, advancing human progress and humanist values. Akhtar is the only Indian ever to have been honoured. Previous recipients include Bill Maher and Christopher Hitchens. The award is presented to those who publicly speak about secularism, rationalism and uphold scientific truth.