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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 dwells 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.
Shivam Chaturvedi
"Merciless criticism and independent thinking are the two necessary traits of revolutionary thinking. As Mahatmaji (referring here to Mahatma Gandhi) is great, he is above criticism; as he has risen above, all that he says in the field of politics, religion, Ethics is right. You agree or not, it is binding upon you to take it as truth - This is not constructive thinking. We do not take a leap forward; we go many steps back. "

One must always think and decide for oneself.

To think that he was almos
Innocentasahuman extremist
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...

It is necessary for every person who stands for progress to criticise every tenet of old beliefs. Item by item he has to challenge the efficacy of old faith. He has to analyse and understand all the details. If after rigorous reasoning, one is led to believe in any theory of philosophy, his faith is appreciated. His reasoning may be mistaken and even fallacious. But there is chance that he will be corrected because Reason is the guiding principle of his life. But belief, I should say blind belie
Bharath J
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.

பகத் சிங் கடவுள் இல்லை என்று சொல்லவில்லை. ஆனால், தான் ஏன் நாத்தகனானேன் என்பதை விளக்கும் உத்தி மிக பிரமாதம். இறக்க நேரும் முன் பிரார்த்தனை செய் என்று சில ஆஸ்திகர்கள் கூறும் போது, அவர் அதை மறுத்து தைரியத்துடனே துக்குமேடை ஏறியிரு
Rudra Kapalin
Oct 11, 2012 Rudra Kapalin rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
Mar 04, 2014 Shriya rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Vikas Lather
One of the most lovable pamphlets produced by Indian sub-continent
After reading this, I am in such an emotional turmoil that I don't know what to write about this piece.

A day before he was hung, Bhagat Singh wrote "The day shall usher in a new era of liberty when a large number of men and women, taking courage from the idea of serving humanity and liberating them from sufferings and distress, decide that there is no alternative before them except devoting their lives for this cause. They will wage a war against their oppressors, tyrants or exploiters, not to
Anhad Gill
Bhagat Singh's words have a double impact on the reader when they understand the time frame and the setting they were jotted down at. He is just 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.
Ankit Gupta
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.
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!
Harmanpreet Singh
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Sourav Dhamija
May 21, 2013 Sourav Dhamija marked it as to-read
great inspiration to makes one life from down to up
Shubham Dabas
A brilliant essay. I especially liked his arguments against the karma/rebirth theory. Once I was having an argument with my dad on class struggle and he made a (stupid) point with the help of the karma/rebirth theory. Except simply rejecting the the theory because it couldn't be verified, I didn't have any other answer. Thanks to Bhagat Singh that now I know that even as God's 'legal system', the karma/rebirth theory is faulty.
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.
Austin Wright
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.

Bhagat Singh's thoughts about God, religion, societal thinking and his own views about atheism. His firm stand on his ideology even while facing the gallows is inspiring. Brilliant piece of writing. Recommended for both believers and atheists.
Probably my expectations to find out the core of atheism already killed the chance for me to love the book more. Although Sign states three good reasons (I loved how he explained that religion actually makes us weak and atheists are strong cos they stand on their own feet), I still see him limiting himself in the way how he sees God. He even calls him Higher Supreme Being. Well if I would see God as Being, I would become atheist myself.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed to see how he relates religion to p
Sachin Bhagat
Nothing mystic or grand, just plain and simple truth. Hats of to such an ardent revolutionary mind but it's a pity that the country has not learnt from him, but has been a victim of sycophants.
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Kris Kros
In these disturbing times when rationalists and anti-superstition activists are being shot dead in broad daylight, India and it's citizens would do well to remember the great names in it's past who were never afraid to exhibit their rationality and atheism. This is a must read just for the sheer weight attached to the name of the author. I can't help but feel that if more people, particularly youngsters, knew about this side of 'Shaheed-e-Azam', there would be a sea change in the way they though ...more
Jeeva Sk
The book is a sheer brilliance of a young man, who was convicted and to be hanged when he wrote this. The final passage of the essay describes it all.

"One of my friends asked me to pray. When informed of my atheism, he said, “When your last days come, you will begin to believe.” I said, “No, dear sir, Never shall it happen. I consider it to be an act of degradation and demoralisation. For such petty selfish motives, I shall never pray.” Reader and friends, is it vanity? If it is, I stand for it
Mallika Soni
A brilliant piece.
Abhishek Dabbz
Jun 30, 2014 Abhishek Dabbz marked it as to-read
lov iT !
Prerna malik
RUBBISH !!!!!!!!!
Every Indian must read it.
Narender Gupta
Bhagat Singh's essay is wonderful, but the author of this book is not Bhagat Singh himself. The author is K. C. Yadav and he hasn't don't anything worth a book. Instead of buying this book, I'd recommend reading the same essay online for free. All four stars for the essay itself.
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