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Javed Akhtar becomes first Indian to bag prestigious Richard Dawkins Award

Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar won the award for critical thinking, holding religious dogma up to scrutiny, advancing human progress and humanist values.
Villagers walk on a road during a storm due to Cyclone Amphan at Kakdwip near Sunderbans area in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (PTI Photo)

Cyclone Amphan: Yellow taxis in Kolkata, pink sky in Bhubaneswar & Javed Akhtar’s tiff

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.
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Anurag Kashyap, Kunal Kamra, others to auction awards, perform live to fund Covid testing kits

The move has found support from poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar, director Neeraj Ghaywan, singer Vishal Dadlani & more from entertainment industry.
US First Lady Melania Trump hugs a school girl as she attends 'Happiness Class', during her visit to a government school in New Delhi

Javed Akhtar’s Twitter soup, Melania’s happy moment & Big B on fools

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.
Jan Nisar Akhtar was the father of lyricist Javed Akhtar. | Soham Sen | ThePrint

Jan Nisar Akhtar — Bollywood lyricist who was ‘poet in a real sense’

On his 106th birth anniversary, ThePrint explores the life and love of Jan Nisar Akhtar.
Actor Shabana Azmi | Commons

Actor Shabana Azmi injured in road accident on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

Azmi was rushed to MGM Hospital in Navi Mumbai and was said to be out of danger, said a police official. Her husband and lyricist Javed Akhtar, who was traveling with her, escaped unhurt.
File photo of Javed Akhtar | Facebook

Javed Akhtar shocked by JNU FIR, Vishal Bhardwaj’s protest poetry, Patra on ‘Sonia Sainiks’

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.
Poster of the film PM Narendra Modi

Still waiting for answers on why I was named in credits of movie PM Modi: Sameer Anjaan

Anjaan and fellow lyricist Javed Akhtar had both expressed shock at finding their names on the credits of the Modi biopic, saying they played no role in it.
File photo of Javed Akhtar | Facebook

On Javed Akhtar’s 74th birthday, a pick of 10 songs that best define the lyricist

In his 30-year long career as a lyricist, Javed Akhtar has delivered several memorable songs. ThePrint selects 10 to celebrate him.
Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar has advice for those remixing old songs in Bollywood — stop

In her blog, the veteran singer disapproves of the trend of remixes, says has no problem if the originality of the song is retained and due credit is given to original artists.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.