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Javed Akhtar has become the first Indian to be given the honour for critical thinking, holding religious dogma up to scrutiny, advancing human progress and humanist values.

Writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar said he is honoured to be named recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award.

Every year, the award is given to a distinguished individual from the field of science, scholarship, education, or entertainment, who publicly proclaims the values of secularism and rationalism and upholding scientific truth.

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