On Religion, and God. Decoding Bhagat Singh’s Atheism.
“What more consolation can there be! A God-believing Hindu may expect to be reborn a king; a Muslim or a Christian might dream of the luxuries he hopes to enjoy in paradise as a reward for his sufferings and sacrifices. What hope should I entertain? I know that will be the end when the rope is tightened around my neck and the rafters move from under my feet.” Bhagat Singh was a charismatic Indian revolutionary born in 1907, at Banga, In present-day Pakistan.
There is a deep sense of profundity in the writings and thoughts of Bhagat Singh, Explaining the geopolitical ideologies of revolutionaries and then consequently turning back and explaining to people that it’s not his vanity because of which he is an Atheist. Bhagat Singh declined the existence of God and thought the act of believing in God as a lack of human knowledge, often viewed as a young revolutionary with violent ideas, Bhagat Singh was also a political writer and he knew the worth of Ideas and literature. I re-read Bhagat Singh’s essays today and it reflects his revolutionary fervor and evolution of Bhagat Singh as a political writer, and why ‘long live revolution’ was and is important.
Earlier this week, while we were sitting and talking, a friend started decoding my psyche in regards to why I have the taste that I’ve. I’ve often resisted the platitudes of an individual's humble try at decoding a person’s personality without any scientific rigor. These are the people who think they’ve figured and justified the whole world out. They think decoding us will necessarily make us good people or more self-aware.
My taste in art has often been judged and looked upon. Whenever I speak, I’m reminded how irritating I’ve become. I’m reminded that you cannot change this culture… The more I’ve started to understand the world, (Though not practically but through literature) the more I find it difficult to stay loyal to the world. The Intellectual simulation that these works of literature or art carry are enough to fill a men’s heart. In the revolutionary aftershock of Why I am an Atheist, you’ll want to reconstruct your idea of an Omnipresent, Omniscient God.
Bhagat Singh calls the theory of ‘Puranas’ nothing but a Fairy tale. He says the most cursed sin in the world is to be poor, Poverty is described as punishment. He calls out that theory and further says
“What, according to your theory, is the fate of a person who, by no sin of his own, has been born into a family of low caste people? He is so poor that he cannot go to school. It is his fate to be shunned and hatred by those who are born into a high caste. His ignorance, his poverty, and the contempt he receives from the others will harden his heart towards society”
With the current change in the world and the diminishing cultural heterogeneity, it largely depends on how geopolitical affairs manipulate and influence us. Bhagat Singh says that he was not born into an atheist family nor was he atheist during the early years of his life, he was influenced by the works of Karl Marx, and Lenin, which helped him understand the idea of communism and its consequences. Bhagat Singh compares God to Nero and Genghis khan and says “Down with him.”
Bhagat Singh says that the idea of God is useful to a man in distress. I can understand why people run off to religion and create manifestos for their god, who they believe to be omnipresent, Omniscient, but I cannot personally find the idea comfortable, and even though the idea of a god is rationally understandable, I can understand the joys of Atheism much more. Bhagat Singh in his essay ‘Too Young political workers’ talks about the revolutionary movement that broke out in Russia in 1905. He talks about Compromise and how is it an essential weapon for the fight for freedom.
Friedrich Nietzsche (Pronounced Knee-Cha) German Philosopher and culture critique has said “God is Dead and we have killed him” Nietzsche’s last 11 years went in pain, sadness, and agony but his philosophy was full of grandeur and heroism, of philosophical quotations like “God Is dead” Just as how Bhagat Singh looks down on the people who offer daily praying or believe in a non-scientific notion as of God similarly Nietzsche wrote in ‘The Antichrist’ 1888 “In the entire New Testament, there is only one person worth respecting: Pilate, the Roman Governor”
‘There have been two great Narcotics in European Civilization: Christianity and Alcohol”
Intellectuals like Karl Marx, Bhagat Singh, and Nietzsche show one thing in common, rebellion, and forthcoming from religious orthodoxy. They are not afraid to deny already existing ideas that are not rational or logical. They are not afraid to commit a sin because they know the rebellion, they are starting is way more complex than any idea with a foundation of orthodoxy. “Rebellion against any king has always been a sin in every religion.” Thus, it’s not Bhagat Singh’s Vanity that he is an atheist, but just pure common sense.
“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 demoralization. For such petty selfish motives, I shall never pray.” Reader and friends, is it Vanity? If it is, I stand for it.”