Just when we thoughtÂ JavedÂ Akhtarâ€™s triumph as the first Indian recipient of the prestigious RichardÂ DawkinsÂ award, was a matter of pride for the entire nation, some Twitter users got into action claiming that the globally-respectedÂ JavedÂ AkhtarÂ had not actually won the globally respected award but had only been nominated.
Now in a huge setback to the nasty naysayers of Hindustan who couldnâ€™t believe that a Muslim could be honoured for his secular values, RichardÂ DawkinsÂ himself has tweeted: â€œ@Javedakhtarjadu is the 2020 RichardÂ DawkinsÂ Award winner and I could not be more pleased. The Centre for Inquiry, on whose board I sit, has designated him this year’s recipient for his courageous public stands on behalf of atheism, rationality, andÂ freethought.â€
JavedÂ who canâ€™t stop smiling since the announcement says â€œLet the self-motivated elements feel happy if they feel I havenâ€™t been honoured. As an Indian I am pleased to be thus honoured.â€