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Why I Am An Atheist: An Autobiographical Discourse

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Autobiography of an Indian revolutionary and freedom fighter.
91 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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This essay is supposed to be read by an argumentative, non-aligned, unprejudiced and a detached mind because only such a mind would have the ability to comprehend the essence of these musings.

At 22 years of age, if a person delves into such philosophies with such prudence and vanity, it's only a great tragedy to have lost him so early.

A text to cherish all my life.
Mar 23, 2016 Warwick rated it really liked it
Recommended to Warwick by: rahul
Shelves: essays, religion, atheism
A quite remarkable document from one of India's most firebrand revolutionary socialists, an anarchist and activist who played a small but influential role in the movement for Indian independence in the 1920s. I can't approve of Singh's political approach (i.e., assassination), but I do find his thoughts on atheism very moving for two reasons –firstly, because they come out of such a conspicuously religious (if religiously diverse) society, so much so that even now too many people think of ‘the E ...more
Innocentasahuman extremist
Feb 23, 2010 Innocentasahuman extremist rated it it was amazing
The generation... i consider post freedom generation only... could have some ethics to sacrify if this book was made a school syllabus supplement....
We only learn name, date of birth, or image of the great people...
we always ignore and forget the ethical grounds and vision behind their sacrifice....
We should adopt some books in our syllabus...
Mar 23, 2016 rahul rated it really liked it
Today is 23rd March , Shaheed Diwas/Martyr's Day observed for the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh along with his comrades Sukhdev and Rajguru. Singh was hanged to death on March 23, 1931.
He was only 23.

And I think it would be fitting if one just listen's to this man's thoughts ( if anybody hasn't read this little essay before )

It is hardly a few pages and well worth your time.

21 Nov 2014

It is necessary for every pe
Bharath Jambulingam
Jul 19, 2013 Bharath Jambulingam rated it it was amazing
The way how Bhagat Singh justifies that "Why he is an atheist" is unparalleled. In this universe all the revolutionary leaders are Atheist viz., Angels, Lenin, Stalin etc., If a revolutionary believes in God, by the time itself he is losing his self-believe. Worth reading.

பகத சிங கடவுள இலலை எனறு சொலலவிலலை. ஆனால, தான ஏன நாததகனானேன எனபதை விளககும உததி மிக பிரமாதம. இறகக நேரும முன பிராரததனை செய எனறு சில ஆஸதிகரகள கூறும போது, அவர அதை மறுதது தைரியததுடனே துககுமேடை ஏறியிருககிறார.
Rajat TWIT
Mar 09, 2015 Rajat TWIT rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most powerful accounts to counter the religion, the legendary historic figure Bhagat Singh is decidedly a giant of intellectual. Before a revolutionary, he was a FREETHINKER. Come to think of it, he became such a respected revolutionary just because of his independent spirit and ability to question the traditional set up. Considering the young age and then the authority that he has over his views on religious gimmicks, one can easily realize that he was a man of logic and reasoning. H ...more
Apr 20, 2016 Sujeet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india
As a kid, I idolized Bhagat Singh, Subash Bose.
Non-violence? What is that? Show the other cheek when you are slapped on one. What idiotic notion is this? What a loser Gandhi was?
The real fight was what Singh did. Bose did. Tit for tat. You beat us. And we beat you more. You kill us. We kill you.
And also, I loved then Mithun-da, Dharamendra movies where they killed 'chun chun ke' the rapists who killed their sisters.

But, unfortunately, I grew up.

I understood the power and importance of non-vi
Rudra Kapalin
Oct 11, 2012 Rudra Kapalin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All who consider themselves Humans
Recommended to Rudra by: How could one miss this one
Very informative, interesting and inspiring. You get first hand experience of what it means to be a true Human Being and not just another survivor.

A proof that leaders and revolutionaries are not born but become with their deeds, acts, truthfulness, and righteousness.

If one actually knows the truth, nothing can stand in his/her way.

His believe and love for freedom who was killed at the age of just 23 Years, 5 Months and 25 days.
Have we ever thought what we were doing at that age?

A masterpiece.
Arun Raj
Oct 05, 2012 Arun Raj rated it it was amazing
he astonishes me again with this book the age of 23,still boyish as far as the the age concerned kept such such a strong mind with a high thinking...generally any common human being believes in god when a hard time comes..even so many so called atheists changes their mind in such situations.But bhagat gives a strong comment why he is still an atheist even then when his death is so near ready to embrace him....let me quote the last para of the book...

"Let us see how steadfast I am. O
Vikas Lather
Aug 06, 2016 Vikas Lather rated it really liked it
One of the most lovable pamphlets produced by Indian sub-continent
Mar 04, 2014 Shriya rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shriya by: Navanya Sharma
Being a History Majors student, I always assumed there was nothing more to know about Bhagat Singh, nothing that I already didn't know about. I knew he was an atheist,that somewhere inside, he was a Communist and that despite the fact he wasn't older than I am when he was hanged, he was quite learned.

What I discovered after reading this pamphlet, however, was exactly how much of a Communist,an atheist and how learned he was! Reading this was like having a tête-à-tête with Bhagat Singh, like hear
Austin Wright
Aug 12, 2016 Austin Wright rated it it was amazing
My version of "Why I am An Atheist" is a little pamphlet by Erythros Press, only 33 pages.

It was a quick fascinating read that had me diving into wikipedia to better understand the situation. 5 out of 5, will read again.

Ritika Gupta
Mar 24, 2014 Ritika Gupta rated it really liked it
Shelves: translations, atheism
The one I read was more of a pamphlet than the book. Definitely, worth a read. If people at that times could be rational and now we cant, how are we progressing??
Also, I know more about Bhagat Singh now :)
Definitely, will read again!
Afifah Luqman
Oct 16, 2016 Afifah Luqman rated it really liked it
I am so glad I took the time out to read this. Interesting set of thoughts, penned by a very confident and rebellious 21 year old leader. A very powerful essay.
Apr 09, 2015 Malika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Before reading this, I knew little about Bhagat Singh. To me he was a revolutionary who created a lot of problems for the British by his 'terrorist' activities who is hailed as a patriot, a true son of India and is idolised in the popular culture. Though I did not know much about him, I still had mixed feelings (prejudices) about him -- impressed by his courage but at the same time thinking of him as a little insane as I believed that his courage stemmed from a kind of irrationality. Though I am ...more
Apr 30, 2016 Kshitij rated it it was amazing
A remarkable document from one of India's most firebrand revolutionary. This thought inciting piece is supposed to be read by an argumentative, non-aligned, unprejudiced and a detached mind because this would not only question your belief but your intellect, and only an open mind would have the ability to comprehend the essence of these musings.
I found his thoughts on atheism very moving for the reason that he wrote from prison and in full knowledge that he was likely to be sentenced to death by
Nov 05, 2014 Rajesh rated it it was amazing
Now, this is the book that will be on my mind for years. At a very young age and just few weeks before Bhagat Singh was to be sent to the gallows, he writes about Atheism. My understanding of atheism was limited to "believing in the non existence of GOD", and that's it. Bhagat Singh's views and opinions go much beyond that. This is just one hour read or even less, but to understand this it might take ages.
Chintan Dave
Jun 10, 2016 Chintan Dave rated it it was amazing
I really loved this piece of literature. Essay wrote by Shahid Bhagat Singh, is precise. Whatever he wrote in this essay is completely true and relevant. The arguments which he has presented in this essay are exquisite and makes your belief in atheism more stronger. I would recommend this book to everyone, whether atheist or not, but it will compel you to question whatever you are believing in.
Ankit Gupta
Aug 28, 2013 Ankit Gupta rated it it was amazing
An absolutely brilliant essay written by Bhagat Singh. He explains very logically the reasons for his atheism, rather than anecdotal or abstract reasoning.

The essay is available online in case you want to read it.
Anhad Gill
Aug 03, 2016 Anhad Gill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-history
Bhagat Singh's words have double impact on the readers when they understand the time frame and the setting they were jotted down at. He was 22 when he wrote this piece in the jail, some time before he was hanged to death. With the clarity of his thoughts, the arguments he puts forth are matchless.
Jan 27, 2015 Shaleen rated it it was amazing
Few people have a clearer set of fundamentals than Bhagat Singh. A brilliant, brilliant man we all hope to be, but can never be.
Sourav Dhamija
May 21, 2013 Sourav Dhamija marked it as to-read
great inspiration to makes one life from down to up
Harmanpreet Singh
Aug 22, 2013 Harmanpreet Singh added it
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Faisal Shamas
Feb 18, 2016 Faisal Shamas rated it it was amazing
Love this man.
Sidharth Vardhan
My mom was a great fan of Bhagat Singh – and ‘fan’ is the word, she had two paintings with revolutionary guys like Bhagat Singh, Chandershekhar Azad and S. C. Bose in room, the only good reason for her to go to cinema was to watch Bhagat Singh movie and believe me she could have whistled if she knew how (I’m not exaggerating).

What is more, she would weep every time she saw the ending, whichever version - and sometimes she saw them three times a day. Now this could be embaressing to someone like
Mug Dha
Sep 30, 2016 Mug Dha rated it really liked it
'God, with his whimsical laws and parental generosity was painted with variegated colours of imagination.'
Ramneet Kaur
Dec 16, 2016 Ramneet Kaur rated it it was amazing
Understanding the circumstances existing in India at the time when this article was written can pretty much be equated to what we face today. The essay has been very well formulated. From starting to a point where it's explained as to why he his belief in atheism is not because of Vanity, he moves on to more personal details about his life and helps the reader understand the situations that formulated Bhagat Singh's thought pattern. I had a very strong urge to go back in time and have a discussi ...more
Anurag Shrivastava
Oct 30, 2015 Anurag Shrivastava rated it really liked it
I respect Bhagat Singh a lot, and I ain’t a theist either. But I would like to spare myself from falling under the category of atheists as well. Bhagat Singh, or any atheist I have ever come across, who outright denies the existence of Almighty, claims his belief to be guided by science and reason. On the contrary, I find heterodoxy none the more scientific than orthodoxy, as it, likewise without the proof in its favor, lands on the conclusion that Almighty doesn’t exist.

There were a few points
Manpreet Singh
Jun 05, 2016 Manpreet Singh rated it it was amazing
Well it was just an amazing essay by the legendary freedom fighter BHAGAT SINGH telling everyone about his philosophy , some of his life experience and the most importantly telling everyone why he become an ATHEIST . In the book he also tells everyone that he doesn't become atheist because he was arrogant or he thinks himself equal to or above GOD and most importantly not because he was popular (Equivalent to MAHATMA GANDHI's popularity that time)
After reading essay I think he was not a full at
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Bhagat Singh was an Indian socialist considered to be one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. He is often referred to as "Shaheed Bhagat Singh", the word "Shaheed" meaning "martyr" in a number of South Asian and Middle Eastern languages. Born into a Sikh family which had earlier been involved in revolutionary activities against the British Raj, as a teenage ...more
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“So that when man can be in great distress having been betrayed and deserted by all friends he may find consolation in the idea that an ever true friend was still there to help him, to support him and that He was Almighty and could do anything. The idea of God is helpful to man in distress.
Society has to fight out this belief as well as was fought the idol worship and the narrow conception of religion. Similarly, when man tries to stand on his own legs, and become a realist he shall have to throw the faith aside, and to face manfully all the distress, trouble, in which the circumstances may throw him.”
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