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Javed Akhtar on Richard Dawkins Award: It tells the world there are people in India who express views that aren’t popular

Jun 11, 2020

By Priyanka Sharma

Javed Akhtar’s transformation from being a writer of diverse cinematic stories and songs to an unflinching voice advocating secularism and freedom of speech has been noteworthy, but he never thought his ideas would travel as far as Center for Inquiry, which has honoured him with the prestigious Richard Dawkins Award.

Akhtar is the latest recipient of the coveted award presented by the Center for Inquiry (CFI), becoming the only Indian to earn the recognition. “The recipient will be a distinguished individual from the worlds of science, scholarship, education, or entertainment, who publicly proclaims the values of secularism and rationalism, upholding scientific truth wherever it may lead,” cites the CFI.

Opening up about his win to indianexpress.com, Javed Akhtar said, “These are the people of the same ideology, but I wasn’t sure they would know of my existence or what I have written and my opinions. I had no idea it would reach so far! So, it is a huge recognition.”

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