Over 4 months after bagging the 2020 Richard Dawkins Award, the trophy has reached to Javed Akhtar. The first Indian to receive the honour, Javed Akhtar was awarded for his ‘critical thinking and holding religious dogmas up to scrutiny and advancing human progress’. Be it on social media or at sessions in different cities, Akhtar has been vocal about topics like CAA and Islamophobia.
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) October 26, 2020
The award has been offered since 2003, and is named after English evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.
I am deeply honoured to receive the Richard Dawkins Award 2020. I have extolled Richard Dawkins ever since I read his first book ‘The Selfish Gene’. I have since then read every book of his and ‘The God Delusion’ is my absolute favorite. To have my name included in the distinguished list of the previous recipients such as Bill Maher and Christoper Hitchens is the fulfillment of a dream I had not even seen, Akhtar said.