Bhagat Singh was a member of Hindustan Socialist Republican Association ,  a revolutionary party in the Indian freedom struggle. He was an atheist who believed in communism , and he wrote several articles on anarchism  and communism for Kirti. He was re-arrested in connection with the murder of one Saunders, a deputy superintendent of police who was killed by Sukhdev , Rajguru , and Bhagat Singh in in retaliation for the death of Lala Lajpat Rai. In the jail, on 4 October , Baba Randhir Singh , a religious man and member of Ghadar Party who was convicted in the first Lahore conspiracy case , met Bhagat Singh and tried to incite his belief in God; however, Bhagat Singh did not change his stand. Thereafter, Randhir Singh said "You are giddy with fame and have developed an ego which is standing like a black curtain between you and the God". On the request of Periyar E.
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This 5, word essay was first published in People, a periodical brought out from Lahore , in September In the essay, Bhagat Singh, a revolutionary freedom fighter, a socialist in his beliefs, a powerful writer and a prolific journalist, begins by asserting that his atheism is the result of rational inquiry as opposed to vanity or pride. So in this essay, Bhagat Singh asks the theists: why did this god create a world full of woe and grief?
Where is God? What is He doing? Bhagat Singh believed, and wrote in this essay, that in the long run, all religions, faiths, theological philosophies and religious creeds become supporters of tyrannical and exploiting institutions, men and classes. Society, he wrote, must fight against this belief in God. Bhagat Singh and his comrades had been underground since the 'Lahore Conspiracy Case', and the killing of John Saunders, a police official in Lahore city.
The intended target was James Scott, superintendent of police, Lahore. Rai was a veteran freedom fighter and social reformer from Punjab; he was president of the Indian National Congress in , and died while leading a demonstration against the Simon Commission in Lahore.
He surrendered to the police on April 8, After spending two years in Lahore jail, on March 23, , Bhagat Singh was executed by the then British government for his political activities. He read and wrote extensively in these two years. Why I Am an Atheist — which S. Habib notes that Bhagat Singh matured as a political thinker while in prison, and his prison diary reveals the trajectory of his political evolution.
Bhagat Singh, who was 23 when he was hanged, had no illusions regarding his impending execution. Beliefs [in god] make it easier to go through hardships, but as an atheist, the only option is to depend on yourself, he noted. They will wage a war against their oppressors, tyrants or exploiters, not to become kings, or to gain any reward here or in the next birth or after death in paradise; but to cast off the yoke of slavery, to establish liberty and peace they will tread this perilous, but glorious path.
Bhagat Singh, First published in People in September People's Archive of Rural India. Why I am an Atheist.
Why I am an atheist?
Just a year before his execution in , during his imprisonment in Lahore jail, Bhagat Singh penned an essay titled 'Why I am an atheist'. New Delhi: The nation knows Bhagat Singh as the revolutionary leader who challenged the British and sacrificed his life for the country. But Bhagat Singh was also a fiercely independent thinker, who rejected the mere idea and the existence of God at a time when India was riddled with superstitions and speaking out against God or religion was considered a sin. Just a year before his execution in , during his imprisonment in Lahore jail, Bhagat Singh had a conversation with a fellow inmate, Baba Randhir Singh. Randhir Singh, a religious man and a member of Ghadar Party who was convicted in the first Lahore conspiracy case, tried to incite his belief in God. However, Bhagat Singh did not change his stand and said that he will remain an atheist. Thereafter, Randhir Singh said "You are giddy with fame and have developed an ego which is standing like a black curtain between you and God".
Why I Am An Atheist: An Autobiographical Discourse
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Why I am an atheist – The Bhagat Singh Story
It is a matter of debate whether my lack of belief in the existence of an Omnipresent, Omniscient God is due to my arrogant pride and vanity. It never occurred to me that sometime in the future I would be involved in polemics of this kind. As a result of some discussions with my friends, if my claim to friendship is not uncalled for I have realised that after having known me for a little time only, some of them have reached a kind of hasty conclusion about me that my atheism is my foolishness and that it is the outcome of my vanity. Even then it is a serious problem. I do not boast of being above these human follies. I am, after all, a human being and nothing more.